Biddeford, Maine– Biddeford Internet Corporation d.b.a GWI, a Maine Benefit Corporation, a premier provider in fiber-optic internet service, and the state’s first B Corporation certified Internet Service Provider (ISP), is pleased to announce that Kerem Durdag has become the Company’s CEO and Fletcher Kittredge, GWI’s founder and former CEO, moves into the roles of Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President of Legal Affairs. In addition, Fletcher Kittredge will continue to chair GWI’s Board of Directors. The change in executive positions represents a historical shift for GWI, as the company focuses its sole gaze on fiber-optic network deployments and leveraging more marketplace opportunities throughout the New England region.
GWI has been an industry leader in the development, deployment, implementation, and management of broadband networks throughout the State of Maine and most recently, has partnered with multiple Communications Union Districts (CUDs) in Vermont. Kittredge founded GWI in 1994 and has served as the CEO for nearly 30 years, has been critical in the company’s sustainability and success. “Kerem joined our team six years ago. As our COO and later President, he has helped grow GWI and been instrumental in our transition to a benefit corporation, Certified B Corporation, and a company dedicated to serving rural communities.. Kerem is a thoughtful, charismatic leader with a strong moral compass; just what the job requires” remarked Kittredge regarding his colleague.
Prior to joining GWI as the COO and President, Durdag was CTO of a global semiconductor, optical media company and engineering manager of a world leading electronic manufacturing company, respectively. “It is an honor to have Fletcher as my business partner as we press on our growth plans,” stated Durdag. “There is meaning to the work we engage in because we want it to live beyond ourselves with a moral, ethical, and financial obligation towards society. Together with Fletcher and the entire team at GWI, we continue to intentionally make the world just a little more equal, a little more laden with choice, and a little more connected to each other.” In addition to his role at GWI, Durdag is also the Founder and Managing Partner of the Indus Fund which provides micro-loans to immigrant business owners.
GWI, founded in 1994 and headquartered in Biddeford, Maine, is a Maine Benefit Corporation owned and operated Internet Service Provider (ISP), serving residential and business customers and is a fervent advocate for the expansion of high-speed internet access. The first broadband carrier in the nation to become B Corporation certified, GWI is an industry leader in designing, constructing, funding, and operating high-speed fiber networks. For press inquiries, please contact Colin Haley at 207-286-4990 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.