Before Edward Snowden, There Was Joseph Nacchio
by Dave Hodges
June 13, 2013
Before Edward Snowden, there was Joseph Nacchio. Before there was Verizon’s betrayal of its customers trust, there was the 2001 version of Qwest Communications steadfast loyalty to the Constitutional liberties of its customers and its refusal to give in to the tyranny of the federal government.
As the world marvels at the integrity and courage of Edward Snowden, most have never heard of Joseph Nacchio. Nacchio is no less courageous, no less honorable and no less of a hero than Snowden. Both men are/were willing to go to prison rather than to submit others to unwarranted tyranny at the hands of the NSA and the criminal federal government.
Meet Joseph Nacchio
Joseph Nacchio was the son of a New York City longshoreman and a bartender. Nacchio blazed a different trail than his father and received his BS in electrical engineering from New York University in 1970 and later he earned an MBA from New York University and a Master’s degree in Management (SM) as a Sloan Fellow from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1986 .
In the late 1990′s, Nacchio rose through the ranks to become the CEO of Quest Communications. He had very early success in his role as CEO as Qwest acquired their rival, US West, in a hostile takeover action under Nacchio’s leadership. Life was good as the stock of Quest reached a high of $38 per share. However, Nacchio’s charmed life was about to take a dramatic turn for the worse.