Vice President of Architecture and Technology, Windstream
Art Nichols is the Vice President of Architecture and Technology at Windstream. He has responsibility for network evolution, hardware and software certification, and technical product development for all business units and technical disciplines in the company.
A 20-year veteran of the telecom industry, Nichols came into Windstream in 2010 through the acquisition of NuVox Communications where he oversaw the Network Architecture Team and played a key role in the launch of the company’s flagship VoIP and converged access product. While at Windstream Nichols has been instrumental in developing numerous products including IPTV, Cloud Security, SD WAN as well as advancing the evolution of the company’s broadband, packet optical, and SDN-enabled network. He is active in numerous industry communities including the Metro Ethernet Forum and a Governing Board member for the Open Networking Automation Platform (ONAP) as well as the Technical Advisory Committee with the FCC. Nichols considers himself a forward-leaning technologist and takes pride in helping others understand and develop a well-informed and technology-centered vision.
Nichols is a graduate of Clemson University where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management.