Integra Telecom replaced longtime chief executive Dudley Slater with Tom Casey, the company's first new CEO in 13 years.
Casey has been Integra's chairman since 2009.
Under Slater, the upstart phone company grew into one of Portland's largest businesses and became a leader among a new class of competitive phone and Internet companies.
But Integra, a privately held company that serves small and mid-sized businesses, is struggling against the recession. Its revenues have slipped and the company, heavily indebted from a pair of big acquisitions, recapitalized two years ago to stave off bankruptcy.
"The company and Dudley agree that it was time for a change," said John Nee, Integra's vice president for corporate communications. "He'll still be part of the company."
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