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UScellular promotes East Tennessee leaders to national positions

December 14, 2021

UScellular has named Thomas Catani as Head of Broadband Opportunities and Policy. In this newly created role, Catani will work within government affairs at UScellular to influence the development of wireless-based, high-speed connectivity across underserved areas in rural America.

Catani joined UScellular in 1997 and has held multiple positions in sales, customer service, marketing and engineering. He most recently served as UScellular’s Area Vice President & General Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Prior to joining UScellular, Catani served for 15 years with AT&T and Lucent Technologies. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois in Champaign. He resides in Knoxville with his wife and family.

“Tom’s extensive experience and true passion for connecting communities make him a great fit to help us achieve our goal to close the digital divide,” said Grant Spellmeyer, Vice President of Government Affairs at UScellular. “This new role will advocate for the public’s connectivity needs and help pave the way for future widespread access to the societal benefits of wireless innovation.”

Additionally, UScellular has promoted Nathan Waddell to Area Vice President & General Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region. In this role, Waddell will lead sales and operations for UScellular in Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Waddell joined UScellular in 1999, most recently serving as Director of Sales for UScellular in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Over the course of his two-decade career with UScellular, he was won multiple leadership and customer service awards and in 2018 received the company’s “Dynamic Excellence Award.” Waddell earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix. He resides in the greater Knoxville area with his wife and family.

“Nathan has extensive experience leading teams and driving customer growth in the fast-paced wireless industry, and he is a great fit for this role as the company remains committed to staying connected to our customers in the communities we serve,” said Eric Jagher, Senior Vice President of Consumer Sales and Operations for UScellular. “I am excited for Nathan to help us achieve our long-term goals while delivering an unmatched wireless experience.”

UScellular has promoted Thomas White as Director of Sales for East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. In this role, White is responsible for leading the corporate and agent channel sales teams, as well as influencing enterprise solutions and growth strategies in the region. Thomas has served in multiple leadership positions during his career at UScellular, most recently serving as the Strategic Initiatives and Operations Manager, supporting strategic projects for the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Organization. White lives in Knoxville with his wife and family and has been with UScellular since 2011.

“At UScellular we hold ourselves to a high standard to ensure that we provide our customers an excellent wireless experience,” Waddell said. “Thomas’ commitment to that standard and to our region make him the perfect leader for our associates.”

About UScellular

UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. It is ranked #1 in the North Central Region in the J.D. Power 2020 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study – Volume 2. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with

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