The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Brian Ea­son

Colorado Gov. John Hick­en­looper on Wed­nes­day ap­pointed for­mer tele­com in­dus­try executive Stephanie Copeland to the state’s top eco­nomic development post.

Copeland in Jan­uary will re­place Fiona Arnold, who has served as executive direc­tor of the Colorado Of­fice of Eco­nomic Development and In­ter­na­tional Trade since Novem­ber 2014.

Copeland has worked for nearly three decades in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try, ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment. She served as pres­i­dent of the Boul­der-based Zayo Group from April 2014 to Novem­ber 2015, when she re­signed to spend more time with her fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to a com­pany news re­lease.

Pre­vi­ously, Copeland was chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at Wild­Blue, where she was re­spon­si­ble for operations of the $500 mil­lion ru­ral broad­band business, the gov­er­nor’s of­fice said. She also worked at telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions firms in Rus­sia and Europe.

“From small star­tups and ear­lyphase com­pa­nies to large multi­na­tional com­pa­nies, Stephanie fo­cuses on en­sur­ing high growth for com­pa­nies both in the U.S. and Europe,” Hick­en­looper said in a state­ment. “Stephanie’s lead­er­ship will en­hance OEDIT’s abil­ity to at­tract in­vest­ment from both the in­ter­na­tional and na­tional business com­mu­ni­ties, as well as un­lock new op­por­tu­ni­ties to ac­cel­er­ate the state’s job growth.”

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