SaskTel president and CEO Ron Styles has announced he’s retiring July 1.

The career public servant has been at the helm of the Crown-owned telecommunications company since 2010.

“My 38 years in the Saskatchewan public service have been very rewarding,” Styles said in a news release Tuesday.

“I look forward to new challenges going forward and I want to thank both the board and staff at SaskTel for their support over the past seven years.”

Under Styles’ leadership, Sasktel has opened a Tier III data centre, built Saskatchewan’s largest Wi-Fi network, extended fibre optics to more than 200,000 homes and completed the expansion of its LTE network across the province.

“Ron has been instrumental in SaskTel’s success since 2010,” said Dustin Duncan, the minister responsible for SaskTel.

“Under his leadership, the corporation has made gains in technology and competitive advancement that is remarkable for a regional telco. We want to thank him for that.”

Styles will continue to provide advice and consultation to the government on matters relating to the telecommunications and information technology sectors.

Styles has previously served as president of Crown Investments Corp., deputy minister of finance, deputy minister of highways and transportation, president of SaskWater, president of SaskHousing, and has held senior roles at Municipal Government and Community Services.

In 2014 he received the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for his exceptional leadership and contribution in public administration.

Doug Burnett, SaskTel’s vice-president of human resources and corporate services, will become acting president and CEO, effective July 1.