Grande Names Matt Rohre Interim President

Texas-based Grande Communications said Thursday that president Matt Murphy has resigned to found a new private equity firm following five years in that post.

Matt Rohre, Grande’s VP of retail operations, has been tapped to take on Murphy’s presidential responsibilities as  the interim role of senior vice president of operations/general manager, effective October 1, 2014.

Rohre will be responsible for oversight and management of Grande’s operational performance and strategic direction, the company said.

Rohre, a telecom vet of more than 25 years, joined Grande in 2002, and has served as director of technical operations and general manager of Grande in Waco, Dallas, Midland Odessa, Austin, and San Marcos. In 2013, Rohre was named vice president of retail operations and has been responsible for overall business development and fulfillment at the market level, providing management for technical operations, direct sales operations, front office and business operations, community relations, and government affairs.

“We are extremely confident and grateful to have Matt Rohre as interim leader. His experience and knowledge of the telecom industry are invaluable to the company,” said Grande’s CEO Jim Holanda, in a statement. “We wish Matt Murphy all the best in his new venture and appreciate the leadership and commitment that he has provided to Grande for the past five years.”

Also this week, Grande announced that it had expanded its 1Gbps footprint to Buda, Texas,  a follow-on to its original deployment  in Austin, where it’s facing off with AT&T’s 1-Gig-capable fiber-based “GigaPower” platform, Time Warner Cable and (soon) Google Fiber.

Grande’s 1-Gig service in Buda, dubbed “Power 1000,” is priced at $64.99 per month.