Gov. Peter Shumlin announces Karen Marshall to lead Connect VT effort
MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Karen Marshall, a Chittenden County business executive and community leader, will take the position of Chief of Connect VT.
Marshall will be responsible for implementing Gov. Shumlin’s plan to achieve universal availability of broadband and mobile phone service.
“Connect VT is one of the most important initiatives of my administration,” the Governor said. “It is vital that the telecommunication highway is in place for Vermonters by the end of 2013. It will connect our economic engines to the global marketplace, and enable our health care providers to be at the forefront of innovative, cost effective delivery and administration of health care.”
“Karen will work with private sector companies and utilities that are deploying roughly $410 million of federal funding and their own capital to do this,” said Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding. “She will also be engaged in efforts across state government to use broadband to improve the way that public services are delivered.”
Prior to this appointment, Marshall served as Chief Operating Officer at SecurShred, a Vermont owned and operated business providing confidential document shredding, imaging, storage and electronic waste services throughout the region. Prior to that, she served as Vice President Northern New England for Comcast Spotlight, the advertising division of Comcast Cable, and Vice President/Vermont for Clear Channel Communications, where she managed 15 radio stations.
Marshall has played an active role in community service, as well, serving currently as Chair of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, a board member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, and UVM’s Athletic Advisory Council.
Marshall, who lives in Williston, will join the Agency of Administration. Her salary will be $115,000.