NORTH STATE ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBERS AND OTHER CHANGES TO EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

COO Mark Dula and CBO Richard Worden to retire. Four EVPs Appointed.

High Point, NC—December 15, 2016—Today North State President and CEO Royster Tucker III announced a series of leadership and organizational changes effective January 1, 2017.  Mark Dula, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Richard Worden, Vice President and Chief Business Officer, will retire effective December 31, 2016. Two executives, Nicholas Kottyan and Bill Cooper, will join North State’s leadership team.  The team will focus on enhancing North State’s efforts to deliver best-in-class business IT and cloud services and continued fiber network expansion in the Piedmont Triad area.

In addition to the two new members of the executive leadership team, three senior North State leaders – Scott Toth, Scott Watts and Lynn Welborn – will take on expanded roles and responsibilities.

“Mark and Richard each served North State for over three decades,” said Royster Tucker. “Mark spent many of his years in our engineering group, led our external affairs group, headed up our business markets group, and led many important areas of our operations as our COO.

“Richard spent his years primarily in business development roles. He built and managed our long distance operations and our wireless operations. He led our consumer markets and most recently as our CBO headed up our sales and customer support efforts.  On behalf of the Board and our employees, I want to thank Mark and Richard for their many years of service to North State and wish them all the best in their retirement.”

As previously announced, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jon Cage will also retire effective December 31, 2016.  Scott Toth will assume the role of Executive Vice President and CFO. Toth will oversee accounting, finance and IT functions and serve as Treasurer of the corporation.

Scott Watts will assume the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.  In addition to his current marketing, product and revenue leadership responsibilities, Watts will assume leadership of sales and customer support functions for North State’s network based, wireline products and services.

Lynn Welborn will assume the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.  Welborn will continue oversight of the company’s people operations, investor relations and corporate administration, legal affairs, external affairs.  She also serves as Secretary of the corporation.

Nick Kottyan, currently President and CEO of North State wholly owned subsidiary DataChambers, will assume the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the corporation.  Kottyan will assume leadership of technology, network and field operations including infrastructure and support functions.  He will remain President and CEO of DataChambers and continue to lead the DataChambers business unit.

Bill Cooper, currently President and CEO of wholly owned subsidiary Stalwart Systems, joins the corporate executive leadership team as Executive Vice President.  He will remain President and CEO of Stalwart Systems and continue to lead the company’s Stalwart business unit.

“This team has the capabilities, accomplishments, passion, and values to lead North State into the future,” Tucker said.  “Under their leadership, I am confident we will build on our momentum, move faster, execute, innovate and perform and grow as never before.”

About North State

North State (OTC: NORSA) (OTC: NORSB) is a technology company focused on inspiring the Internet-driven lifestyle through high touch experiences. Its fiber-delivered, ultrafast Internet and Internet-driven applications enable residential customers and businesses to efficiently and securely take advantage of the Internet. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Data Chambers and Stalwart Systems, North State provides best-in-class data center colocation, customized cloud and IT solutions, managed disaster recovery services, managed security and unified communications. For more information, visit northstate.net.

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