Hills led utility cooperative after historic merger


Tim Hills retires after 38 years in the rural utility industry, including three leading NineStar Connect. (Photo provided)

GREENFIELD — Tim Hills, the man chosen to unite NineStar Connect from a merger of two utility cooperatives in 2011 and led the company as its first president and CEO, stepped down Thursday.

Hills, 58, cited his desire to spend more time with his family as the prime reason for his retirement, according to a company news release on Thursday.

“I’m about to celebrate yet another birthday, and it has caused me to re-examine my priorities,” Hills said in the release.

Hills’ departure was effective Thursday, and he was not available for further comment, company officials said.

Michael Burrow, NineStar vice president and general counsel, has been named interim president and CEO.

Burrow, like Hills, has been with the company since the merger, coming into the new organization after joining Hancock Telecom, the telecommunications, cable television and internet cooperative that formed half of the NineStar equation, in 1999.

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