Lumen Technologies names former Sabre CLO as next legal head

Chad Ho is replacing long-time legal chief Stacey Goff, who is exiting after 26 years with the company

Chad Ho Photo courtesy of Lumen

US networking and cloud services provider Lumen Technologies has named Chad Ho as its next chief legal officer, replacing Stacey Goff who is set to leave the company.

Ho was most recently CLO at travel industry tech company Sabre Corporation. He brings with him expertise in advising publicly-traded companies as well as high-growth startups, particularly in the technology arena. At Lumen, he will oversee all legal matters.

Monroe, Louisiana-based Lumen provides networking, cloud and cybersecurity services to businesses.

Kate Johnson, president and CEO of Lumen, said: “Chad’s innovative and proven experience with large public companies and his ability to fuel growth in the technology sector makes him the perfect person to guide Lumen through its ongoing transformation. I am confident in Chad’s ability to bring unique insights and drive results. In addition, his ability to motivate is a great cultural fit for this company.”

Ho spent a year at Sabre before leaving last year. He was previously an associate general counsel at The Walt Disney Corporation after the company bought streaming service Hulu, where he had spent 14 years as GC. 

Prior to that he spent two years as deputy GC at social media platform MySpace, having had an earlier stint at Disney as senior counsel for business and legal affairs – his first in-house role. Before then he worked in private practice, first as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers and later as a senior associate at Latham & Watkins.

He said: “I’m excited to be joining Lumen at such a pivotal time. With its world-class team and unique technology capabilities, the opportunity is enormous.”

Goff, meantime, is set to leave after 26 years at Lumen and its predecessor entities CenturyLink and CenturyTel. The company said he is expected to remain for the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

Johnson said: “Stacey built a significant legacy, having led with care and empathy during challenging times. He leaves Lumen with a stronger foundation.”

In other recent tech moves, last month IBM hired Anne Robinson as CLO from US investment manager Vanguard. And in March, US customer service tech provider Zendesk hired former Google lawyer Shana Simmons as CLO, while video conferencing platform Zoom hired Cheree McAlpine as CLO.

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