RANA Board Names New Director

Valeri Jacoutot Succeeding Scott Robertson

Valeri Jacoutot of Lexington has been named the new executive director for Rock-bridge Area

Network Authority.

Replacing Scott Robertson who served as the inaugural executive director since February 2013, Jacoutot’s related experiences and successes in data services, telecom and Internet infrastructure were key factors in her selection, said a RANA board spokesman. The appointment is effective immediately with a transition planned in conjunction with Robertson’s departure over the next month.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Jacoutot began her career working for a small data services company, later acquired by ITT and then British Telecom, that provided database management services to members of Congress on Capitol Hill. From there her career continued with major telecom carriers and service providers including Sprint, Cable and Wireless, PSINet Transaction Solutions and Cox Communications. Positions held during that time included account management, product marketing, and product management.

Most recently, Jacoutot spent six years at Verisign, a global provider of domain name registry services and Internet infrastructure, leading product teams as director of product management. She moved to Lexington in June 2018 to enjoy the small town living and natural beauty of the area. When not working she enjoys horse riding and gardening.

“This region has been spoiled by Scott, and owes him a huge debt of gratitude, for the level of care, ownership and effort he has contributed over the past six years; turning a practical ‘start-up’ venture with no operating funds into one of the few successful federal grant funded rural broadband projects,” said David Saacke, chair of the RANA board and chief technology officer for Washington and Lee University. “Speaking for the RANA board, we were thrilled to land a local resource with a rich background and experience such as Valeri’s and we have full confidence she is the best resource to strategically lead RANA’s future.”

RANA was created by Rockbridge County, Lexington and Buena Vista, and Washington and Lee University in 2009 to promote and provide high-speed “big broadband” fiber infrastructure for the area localities.

For more information about RANA and its services, visit http://www.ranabroadband.net/.

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