Arunas A. Chesonis serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of PAETEC Holding Corp., and is responsible for the vision, leadership, and direction of the company. Under the watch of Mr. Chesonis, PAETEC has achieved remarkable growth. Within five years of founding PAETEC in May 1998, Mr. Chesonis led the company to achieve the number two ranking in the 2003 Deloitte Fast 500 list of the fastest-growing public and private technology companies in North America. In 2001, he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2006, Mr. Chesonis received the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award by the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. This growth has not come at the expense of doing business the right way, as shown by PAETEC receiving the national 2005 American Business Ethics Award sponsored by the Society for Financial Service Professionals.
Mr. Chesonis began his career at Rochester Telephone Corporation, now part of Citizens Communications Company. He went on to serve as President of ACC Corp., until it was purchased by TCG/ATT in 1998. Mr. Chesonis holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Rochester. He is Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Earth System Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.