For telecom and technology organizations serving multinational clients, it’s a distinct advantage to have an experienced board of directors to assist the company to make sound business decisions and raise its brand profile in today’s globalized market.

One company that recently demonstrated this competitive edge is GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE:GTT), which recently announced that legendary professional basketball player, Julius Erving, was elected to its board of directors.

“Julius brings significant board experience, including telecom and media, to GTT,” explained H. Brian Thompson, executive chairman and founder of GTT. “He has a distinguished career as an executive in brand management, media personality, and community leader. His insights will be invaluable as we continue to grow the business and raise GTT’s brand profile in the market.”

Mr. Erving is founder and managing member of Dr. J Enterprises, which owns and manages the media, merchandising and philanthropic parts of the Julius “Dr. J” Erving brand name. He brings almost 40 years of experience to the table for GTT as a sport leader, entrepreneur and business executive. Since 1979, Erving’s business affiliations have generated almost $2.5 billion in revenue and brand value for his clients and partners. In 2016, under his direct leadership, Dr. J Enterprises made a strategic alliance with the multibillion-dollar band management corporation Authentic Brands Group in order to expand his global presence.

Erving has served on numerous boards of directors including the University of Massachusetts, Williams Communications, LCI International, Meridian Bank, Saks Fifth Avenue, Darden Group, Converse, Sports Authority, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission, and Widener University.

“I am pleased to join the GTT board of directors and help to expand the company’s market presence,” said Mr. Erving. “GTT’s rapid growth and recent distinction as a Fortune Future 50 company position it favorably for continued expansion and business success.”

Erving holds a bachelor’s degree in business management as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also holds honorary degrees from Philadelphia University and Temple University.

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