Gov. John Hickenlooper once again is reaching into the private sector to cull the state’s next economic-development head, announcing Wednesday that he’s tapped telecommunications executive Stephanie Copeland to serve as executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Copeland will succeed Fiona Arnold, who announced last month that she is stepping down at the end of 2016 following two years on the job to return to her real-estate development firm. She is expected to take the reins at OEDIT in January.

Over a roughly 30-year span, Copeland served as a leader of major telecommunications firms, working most recently as president of Zayo Group, a Boulder-based infrastructure-services firm that went public under Copeland’s watch.

Before that, she held positions that included chief operating officer of rural broadband business WildBlue, vice president of the small business segment for Qwest and product developer for network-services provider Level 3 Communications.

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