Leadership

We’re in a golden age of innovation. The challenge for the next 30 years is to leverage the power of these tools to raise living standards and transform societies in ways we never dreamed of before.

- Lowell C. McAdam
Winner of the David Packard Medal of Achievement
TechAmerica Awards Ceremony

Lowell C. McAdam

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

The winners of the Powerful Answers Award show what happens when the passion of technology entrepreneurs meets the power of our mobile and broadband networks. We are so inspired by these visionary people and their life-changing innovations. We can’t wait to see what they do next.

- Lowell C. McAdam
Consumer Electronics Show
Powerful Answers Awards Presentation

Biography

Lowell C. McAdam is chairman and chief executive officer of Verizon Communications, with responsibility for the operations of Verizon, including all business units and staff functions. In addition, he is chairman of the Verizon Wireless Board of Representatives.

McAdam succeeded Ivan Seidenberg as CEO on Aug. 1, 2011 and as chairman on Jan. 1, 2012.

From October 2010 until he assumed his current position, McAdam served as president and COO and had responsibility for the operations of the company’s network-based businesses -- Verizon Wireless and Verizon Telecom and Business -- as well as Verizon Services Operations. He was also responsible for the technology management and CIO functions.

Before that, McAdam held key executive positions at Verizon Wireless since its inception in 2000 and built the company into the industry’s leading wireless provider, with the nation's largest, most reliable wireless voice and 3G broadband data network. He was president and CEO of Verizon Wireless from 2007 until being named COO of Verizon, and before that served as Verizon Wireless’ executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Earlier, McAdam was president and CEO of PrimeCo Personal Communications, a joint venture owned by Bell Atlantic and Vodafone AirTouch. He also served as PrimeCo's chief operating officer, responsible for overseeing the deployment of the new company's customer service operations and all-digital network.

McAdam has also served as vice president-international operations for AirTouch Communications and was lead technical partner for cellular ventures in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Korea and Japan. McAdam joined AirTouch as executive director of international applications and operations in 1993. From 1983 to 1993, he held various executive positions with Pacific Bell, including area vice president of Bay Area marketing and general manager of South Bay customer services.

McAdam is past chairman of the board of directors of the CTIA, the wireless industry trade association. He is a director of the National Academy Foundation, a partnership between business leaders and educators that helps high schools across the country establish and run technical and service academies to prepare students for college and careers. He is also co-chair of the CEO Council on Health and Innovation, which encourages the adoption of innovative strategies to improve employee health and the delivery of higher-quality, more cost-effective healthcare.  In addition, he is a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees.

He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Cornell and a master's degree in business administration from the University of San Diego. He also spent six years in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and became a licensed professional engineer in 1979.

Last updated October 2013

My Point of View

How the US Got Broadband Right
By Verizon Chairman and CEO, Lowell C. McAdam; New York Times, June 21, 2013

In an Op-Ed article in The New York Times in June 2013, Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam writes that the United States has a global leadership position in the marketplace for broadband, and that the criticism by those who paint “a dire picture of the state of Internet availability in America,” or who want the government to ''fix'' the telecommunications industry, is misplaced.

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