United we stand. Divided we fall. Together we can transform race relations.

Published on June 4th, 2020

Like so many of you, I am struggling with the turmoil and civil unrest happening in the U.S. I have been frightened, saddened, and angered all at the same time.

I believe the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others are senseless tragedies. I believe that police who commit acts of inexcusable brutality need to be held accountable under the law for their actions, and the justice system is truly in need of reform. I believe mass protests that are civil and legitimate are part of our constitutional rights and are part of what makes our country great.

I believe the violence and destruction that has taken place in many cities across the United States is not the answer, and those responsible should also be held accountable under the law. While our country has made important progress in race relations, we can do better.

I have been concerned about civil unrest since the stay-at-home orders began weeks ago. The COVID-19 lockdowns have disproportionately affected those with less, and the economic downturn has resulted in lost jobs, lost companies, and lost stability for society at large. Adding to the problem is that governments and leaders have made mistakes in handling both the pandemic and these cases of injustice. This has set the stage for unrest and has divided our nation.

I believe that divided we fall.

I believe we need to unite in opposing racial discrimination in all of its forms. Our world needs more peace, kindness, inclusion, and acceptance. I believe every one of us can make change happen, and these tragedies are motivating me to do more as a member of society and as a CEO.

Together, united as Masergy, we:

Now is the time to listen with open minds and open hearts to enable better outcomes and actions. The HR team has already been reaching out to our African-American employees to learn about their experiences and perspectives so we can work together to make a difference. On Tuesday June 2nd, we (like many others) minimized our social media posts for the remainder of the week in an effort to acknowledge the wrongs and the work that needs to be done. The Masergy leadership team is listening to employees on our Facebook page and are open to feedback and suggestions as to what will help our company continue to create an environment where everyone is treated fairly and equally.

By listening and by lifting the voices of others, a more meaningful difference can be made. I believe that this difficult time will result in a better society and ultimately make us stronger, together.

Let me take this opportunity to thank our Masergy employees for all you are doing to make our company and this world a better place. Together, I believe, we can make change happen.

Chris MacFarland

Chris MacFarland joined Masergy in 2008 and was quickly promoted to CEO. Prior to joining Masergy, Chris served in executive positions at BroadSoft, McLeodUSA, Allegiance Telecom, Verio, OnRamp, CompuNet and Compu-Tek International. He currently serves on the board of directors for iTopia. Chris is passionate about community service and has championed numerous charitable and outreach programs. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in Computer Science and Engineering.

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