Astound Broadband, a telecommunications company backed by Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, has appointed Kristie King as Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). Hanold Associates’ Val Lopez, Katrina Maione and Maisha Pearson led the Princeton, New Jersey-based search.
As Astound undergoes organizational transformation due to the recent rebranding and consolidation of functions under the Astound name, Kristie will serve as the key driver of all DEI initiatives, building upon the current foundation by implementing new DEI programs and policies As Senior Vice President of DEI, Kristie will report to Chief Administrative Officer John Gdovin, while shaping and expanding Astound’s DEI strategy. Prior to joining Astound, Kristie served as Senior Director of DEI at Doma.
Astound provides award-winning high-speed internet, broadband communications solutions, TV, phone services and fiber optic solutions for residential and business customers across the United States. The company is a combination of several regional telecom companies including RCN, Grande Communications, Wave and enTouch Systems, creating the sixth largest provider in the U.S. In 2021, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners partnered with Patriot Media to purchase Astound, uniting its regional brands under the Astound name in early 2022. Headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey with 3,500 employees, Astound provides service to eight of the top ten metro markets in the U.S., with service areas across California, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington State and Washington D.C.