Grier C. Raclin is an accomplished senior executive of Fortune 500 and other telecommunications companies. Among other positions, Grier was Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Charter Communications, the country’s third largest, publicly-traded provider of broadband cable services. At Charter, Grier had management responsibility for a variety of corporate functions, including Legal, Programming, Procurement, Government Relations and Business Development.
Prior to joining Charter, Grier was EVP and Chief Legal Officer of Savvis, Inc., a worldwide provider of virtual private network, managed hosting and internet access services, which was acquired by CenturyLink Communications. While he was with Savvis, the company nearly tripled its revenues, principally through acquisitions (such as Intel’s data centers and Cable & Wireless America’s assets) that Grier structured, negotiated and/or implemented. Before joining Savvis, Grier was EVP, CAO and General Counsel of Global TeleSystems (GTS), a London, England-based, publicly-held provider of fiber optic, voice and data services to businesses throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Russia and Asia. At GTS, Grier managed the company’s Asian operations; structured and negotiated over $6.5B in foreign and domestic financings and M&A transactions; and led the resolution of all legal and regulatory issues associated with the construction and operation of the first trans-European fiber optic network, and the largest, private, fixed and mobile telecommunications service provider in Russia and Central Europe.
Grier began his career in private legal practice. After serving as a senior Law Clerk on the Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Chicago, Grier was an attorney with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., and later Vice Chairman and Managing Partner of Gardner, Carton & Douglas in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. (since merged into Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP). Grier received his JD degree from Northwestern University Law School, where he served on the Editorial Board of Northwestern Law Review; received his BA cum laude in Philosophy from Northwestern University; earned a Certificate in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University; and attended the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Grier has authored numerous articles and speeches that have appeared in the national press, such as The Wall Street Journal, and has provided commentary on national television networks and before governmental agencies. Particularly relevant is Grier’s presentation on “Competition In The Video Marketplace,” which he presented at the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division’s Telecommunications Symposium. Grier has served on numerous corporate and civic Boards, including those of Golden Telecom, Inc. (NASDAQ: “GLDN”); Northwestern University Law School; and the St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art.