Level 3 CEO on leave of absence

26 February 2016 |

Level 3 Communications’ chief executive is taking a temporary leave of absence, effective immediately.

Jeff Storey is on a two-month leave of absence following heart surgery on Wednesday. According to the company, Storey will return to duty on a limited basis after the leave of absence.

Sunit Patel, Level 3’s CFO, will serve as interim CEO while continuing as CFO, until Storey’s return.

"The board of directors unanimously supports Sunit's appointment as interim CEO. We intend to respect Jeff's privacy so that he can focus on a complete and speedy recovery, and we look forward to his expected return to the company. We wish him all the best as he recovers," said James O. Ellis, Jr., chairman of the board of directors for Level 3.