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Barry K. Allen

Operating Partner, Providence Equity Partners L.L.C.; President, Allen Enterprises, LLC


Barry K. Allen currently serves as a member of our Board of Directors and as a manager of CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary.  Allen also serves as an Operating Partner at Providence Equity, a global asset management firm, and is President of Allen Enterprises, LLC, a private equity investment and management company he founded in 2000.

Prior to joining Providence Equity in 2007, Allen was Executive Vice President of Operations at Qwest Communications International Inc., a broadband Internet-based communications company. Before his retirement from Qwest in 2007, Allen was responsible for the company's network and information technology operations.  Previously, Allen served as President of Chicago-based Ameritech Corp., where he began his career in 1974 and held a variety of executive appointments including President and Chief Executive Officer of Wisconsin Bell and President and Chief Executive Officer of Illinois Bell. Before starting at Ameritech, Allen served in the US Army where he reached the rank of Captain.

Allen serves on the boards of directors of Bell Canada Enterprises, Fiduciary Management, Inc., OEConnections LLC and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (chairman 2015-2017). During the past five years, Allen served as a director of Harley-Davidson, Inc. (chairman 2009-2012), Stream Global Services, Inc. and the World Triathlon Corp. Allen also has served as a board member of many civic organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee, the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and United Way in Milwaukee. Allen is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a graduate of Boston University where he earned a Master of Business Administration, with honors.