Business 100 - 2012

Wilderotter Maggie

Maggie Sullivan Wilderotter/Frontier Communications

Maggie Wilderotter has been chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications, a Fortune 500 company, since 2006, having joined it in 2004 as president, CEO and a member of the board. Before this, she was SVP of Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft. Maggie chairs the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and serves on the boards of Xerox and Procter & Gamble, as well as a number of non-profits focused on mentoring and supporting women entrepreneurs. She has been included in Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for the past four years and in 2011 the Financial Times named her one of “The Top 50 Women in World Business.”

A third-generation Irish American with roots in Mayo and Cork, Maggie was born in Neptune, NJ, to Dennis Sullivan and Connie Shields. She says, “My Irish heritage has given me great gifts: faith, intuition, humor and a strong work ethic, the love of a good story and a deep laugh, and above all, gratitude.” Maggie earned a BA in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. She and her husband, Jay, have two sons, Christopher and Daniel.