Corporate Executives

Roy H. Chestnutt

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer - Verizon

Roy Chestnutt is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon. He is responsible for development and implementation of Verizon’s overall corporate strategy, including business development, joint ventures, strategic investments, acquisitions and divestitures.

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Roy Chestnutt is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon. He is responsible for development and implementation of Verizon’s overall corporate strategy, including business development, joint ventures, strategic investments, acquisitions and divestitures.

Before being named to his current position in January 2013, Chestnutt was senior vice president – Corporate Strategy, with responsibility for the formulation and execution of Verizon’s strategic plan addressing new markets, solution areas and services that capitalize on the company’s assets, capabilities and brand across all lines of business.

Chestnutt joined Verizon in 2011 from Motorola Networks where he served as corporate vice president of the Americas and helped lead the successful transition of the business unit to new ownership by Nokia Siemens Networks.

Chestnutt was previously chairman and chief executive officer of Grande Communications, a facilities-based, “triple-play” communications provider in Texas. His responsibilities included leading the transition of Grande from startup to a full service, market-driven company, resulting in the successful sale of the company.

Prior to joining Grande, Chestnutt was the senior vice president of National Field Sales and General Business for Sprint-Nextel.

From 2000 to 2005, Chestnutt held positions at Nextel Communications as regional vice president of the Southwest in Austin and of the West in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also has general management experience with PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Cellular.

Chestnutt earned an MBA from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis in general management and international business, and a B.S. in business administration from San Jose State University, with a concentration in marketing.

Last updated January 2013

Nancy B. Clark

Senior Vice President - Operational Excellence - Verizon

Nancy Clark is senior vice president and head of the Operational Excellence Organization, reporting directly to Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam.  The organization is designed to improve the value Verizon delivers to customers, employees and shareowners by identifying and implementing process improvements that will create a more efficient, effective and agile company.

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Nancy Clark is senior vice president and head of the Operational Excellence Organization, reporting directly to Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam. The organization is designed to improve the value Verizon delivers to customers, employees and shareowners by identifying and implementing process improvements that will create a more efficient, effective and agile company. 

Before assuming her current position in June 2013, Clark was president – Northeast area for Verizon Wireless, responsible for the company's operations in the New England, New York Metro, Philadelphia Tri-State, upstate New York and Washington/Baltimore/Virginia regions.

Prior to that, Clark served as vice president – national operations, responsible for national consumer operations, and as president – Great Plains region, responsible for the company's operations throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas.

Clark began her telecommunications career in 1987 with the former GTE, working in finance, marketing and sales positions for the company’s Texas and California markets. When Verizon Wireless was formed in 2000, she joined the Midwest area and was responsible for sales channel operations, and then served the area as vice president – customer service.

Clark holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.

She is on the board of Safe Horizon, the largest victims’ services agency in the United States, which assists more than 250,000 children, adults and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year.

Last updated November 2013

James J. Gerace

Chief Communications Officer - Verizon

Jim Gerace is chief communications officer for Verizon, responsible for all external communications and media relations strategy and execution across the corporation, both domestic and international. He also handles corporate-wide issues management and executive and employee communications.

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Jim Gerace is chief communications officer for Verizon, responsible for all external communications and media relations strategy and execution across the corporation, both domestic and international. He also handles corporate-wide issues management and executive and employee communications.

Before assuming his current post in June 2013, Gerace served as vice president – state government affairs for the New York region for Verizon. He was responsible for the company’s corporate interests 
-- including public policy, government and external affairs, regulatory matters and philanthropy – in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Gerace began his telecommunications career with NYNEX Mobile Communications in 1986 as manager of employee communications. At NYNEX Mobile, he held a variety of communications positions and was named director of public relations in 1991.

In 1995 he directed the announcement of the merger between Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile, then the largest merger in the wireless industry. He was named vice president – public relations and a member of the senior staff of the new business. In 2000 he directed the communications for the merger of Bell Atlantic Mobile and AirTouch that launched the Verizon Wireless brand.

Gerace is a board member of the Business Council of New York State, Choose NJ and Catholic Charities of New York. An advocate for domestic violence prevention, he is also president of the board of Jersey Battered Women’s Service, a private, nonprofit agency that provides life-saving services to victims of domestic violence. Additionally, he is on the board of Inroads of the New York/New Jersey Region, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and placing talented minority youth in business to prepare them for corporate and community leadership.

Gerace is a former board chairman of The Wireless Foundation, a nonprofit organization that oversees programs designed to put wireless technology to work addressing the challenges of society. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Last updated July 2013

Roger Gurnani

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer - Verizon

Roger Gurnani is executive vice president and chief information officer, responsible for the information technology strategy, systems development and operations for Verizon Communications.

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Roger Gurnani is executive vice president and chief information officer, responsible for the information technology strategy, systems development and operations for Verizon Communications.

Before being named to his current position in October 2010, Gurnani was senior vice president of new product development for Verizon Wireless and was responsible for the innovation, development and commercialization of consumer and business products.

From 2005 to 2008, Gurnani served as the president of the West area for Verizon Wireless, responsible for the company's operations throughout the western United States.

Gurnani was one of the founding officers of Verizon Wireless. Until 2005, he served as vice president and chief information officer, helping to oversee and complete the integration of the domestic wireless operations of Bell Atlantic, Vodafone AirTouch and GTE at the company’s inception in 2000. He had previously served as vice president and chief information officer at Bell Atlantic Mobile.

Gurnani is a graduate of Auburn University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering.

Last updated December 2010

Daniel S. Mead

President and Chief Executive Officer – Verizon Wireless

Dan Mead is president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States, with responsibility for the company’s operations, financial performance and advocating public policy issues on behalf of Verizon Wireless and its customers. A premier technology company, Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network.

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Dan Mead is president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States, with responsibility for the company’s operations, financial performance and advocating public policy issues on behalf of Verizon Wireless and its customers. A premier technology company, Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network.

Before assuming his current position in 2010, Mead served as chief operating officer at Verizon Wireless. Previously, Mead was president of Verizon Telecom, an organization of more than 70,000 employees delivering telephone, Internet and entertainment services, including high-speed fiber-optic technology. In 2005, Mead was named president of Verizon Services Corporation.

Mead was one of the founding senior executives of Verizon Wireless in 2000 and served as president of the company’s Midwest area.

Mead is a member of the Verizon Wireless Board of Representatives, the Verizon Foundation Board, and an officer and member of the Board of Directors of CTIA, the wireless industry trade association. He also is on the Board of ISIS, an emerging mobile commerce company.

Mead earned an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Business Analysis and Finance from The Pennsylvania State University. The University named Mead an Alumni Fellow in 2008. In 2010, Mead received the Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to a graduate by the University.

Last updated March 2013

Anthony J. Melone

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer – Verizon

Tony Melone is executive vice president and chief technology officer for Verizon Communications, with responsibility for Verizon's technology roadmap, including overall platforms integrity and architecture, network strategy and product development.  He is also responsible for the company’s overall network engineering and operations.

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Tony Melone is executive vice president and chief technology officer for Verizon Communications, with responsibility for Verizon's technology roadmap, including overall platforms integrity and architecture, network strategy and product development. He is also responsible for the company’s overall network engineering and operations.

Before being named to his current position in December 2010, Melone was senior vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless. In that job, to which he was appointed in 2007, he led the transition of the Verizon Wireless network from 3G (third-generation) services to the commercial launch, at the end of 2010, of 4G LTE (fourth-generation, Long Term Evolution) services.

Previously, he served as vice president of network operations for Verizon Wireless, with responsibility for the company’s nationwide network operations, including overall quality assurance, implementation of new products and services, and regulatory compliance. Also during his tenure, Verizon Wireless launched the nation's first wireless broadband wide-area network and implemented key innovative services including mobile broadband, V CAST Music over-the-air music download service, IP-based Push-to-Talk, and VZ Navigator for turn-by-turn navigation on cell phones.

Melone has 31 years of telecommunications experience, including operations and engineering positions of increasing responsibility with the former Bell Atlantic company. He joined Bell Atlantic Mobile's network operations group in 1996, and at Verizon Wireless' formation in 2000 was named staff vice president of network planning and administration.

Melone holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and a master's degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, he received the prestigious Villanova University J. Stanley Morehouse Award for outstanding leadership in the engineering profession.

Last updated July 2013

Randal S. Milch

Executive Vice President, Public Policy, and General Counsel – Verizon

Randal S. Milch is executive vice president, Public Policy, and general counsel of Verizon. He leads the company's public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups.

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Randal S. Milch is executive vice president, Public Policy, and general counsel of Verizon. He leads the company's public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups.

From 2006 until being named to his current position in October 2008, Milch served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Verizon Business, responsible for all legal services and external affairs support for the company’s global enterprise carrier. Before that, Milch served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Verizon's domestic telecom business. He was appointed to the latter position in 2000, upon the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE.

Before the merger, Milch was associate general counsel at Bell Atlantic with oversight of state regulatory matters in New York and New England. Previously, Milch served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Bell Atlantic-Maryland, Inc. He began his telecommunications career as counsel to the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Maryland in 1993.

Prior to his role with Bell Atlantic, Milch was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. Milch's practice centered on complex federal litigation and international arbitration. Milch began his legal career as a clerk to Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Milch holds a J.D. from New York University Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.

Last updated August 2013

Marc C. Reed

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer – Verizon

Marc Reed is Verizon’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Under his leadership are end-to-end accountability for human resources, real estate, supply chain services, procurement and fleet, to most effectively and efficiently leverage Verizon’s collective assets and resources.

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Marc Reed is Verizon’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Under his leadership are end-to-end accountability for human resources, real estate, supply chain services, procurement and fleet, to most effectively and efficiently leverage Verizon’s collective assets and resources.

Reed is a member of the Verizon Operations Council and Verizon Corporate Council, as well as a member of the Verizon Wireless Board. Reed is also a member of the Human Resources Policy Association Board. Under Reed's leadership, Verizon has garnered numerous citations and awards, including being #1 in Diversity Inc. Magazine's "Top 50 Companies for Diversity," and making CEO Magazine's "Top 20 Companies for Leaders" and Business Week/Bloomberg's "Best Places to Launch a Career."

From April 2004 – Dec. 2011, Reed served as executive vice president - Human Resources for Verizon where he was responsible for establishing overall Verizon policy and strategy related to compensation, benefits, labor policy, executive staffing, diversity, safety/environment and ethics. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2004 Reed was vice president - Human Resources for Verizon Wireless where he was instrumental in establishing the performance-based culture that helped propel the company into being the best-performing wireless company in the U.S.

Reed started his career in human resources at GTE's world headquarters in 1986. The following year he was appointed to the first of a series of key human resources positions at GTE Wireless. In 1997, he became the vice president - Human Resources for GTE Communications Corporation.

Reed earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Last updated September 2012

Francis J. Shammo

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer – Verizon

Fran Shammo is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Verizon Communications, responsible for the company’s finance and strategic planning operations, and financial transaction services.

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Fran Shammo is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Verizon Communications, responsible for the company’s finance and strategic planning operations, and financial transaction services.

Before being appointed to his position, effective Nov. 1, 2010, he was president and chief executive officer of Verizon Telecom and Business, responsible for sales, marketing and customer service excellence for the company’s consumer, small-business, enterprise and wholesale customers worldwide.  The unit provides broadband, communications and entertainment services over its state-of-the-art, all-fiber FiOS network and delivers professional services and advanced IT, security, communications and networking solutions globally for enterprise customers.

Previously, Shammo was president of Verizon Business, and prior to that appointment he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Verizon Business.

Shammo has also served as president - West area for Verizon Wireless, responsible for the company's operations in the 13 states west of Colorado.  He was vice president and controller at the time of Verizon Wireless’ launch, and was responsible for formulating and implementing its financial processes, as well as leading Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and reporting requirements.

Shammo joined Bell Atlantic Mobile in 1989 as general manager for accounting operations, and later held a series of positions of increasing responsibility in finance, mergers and acquisitions, logistics, facilities, regional operations and planning.  Shammo acquired public accounting, retail and tax experience before entering the wireless industry.

Shammo is a member of the Philadelphia University Board of Trustees and a member of the Diocese of Metuchen Foundation for Education Board.  He joined the Board of Micrus Endovascular Corporation in 2004 and was chairman of its audit committee before the company was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in September 2010.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Philadelphia University, a master's degree in business administration from La Salle University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Shammo is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Economic Club of New York. He is also a member of the Wall Street Journal CFO Network.

Last updated January 2014

John G. Stratton

Executive Vice President and President - Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline - Verizon

John Stratton is executive vice president and president – Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline, a new organization that combines all of Verizon’s wireline assets; including its Consumer, Mass Business, Enterprise Solutions and Global Wholesale Operating Units, as well as the operation of its underlying wireline network, cloud computing, and cyber-security platforms.

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John Stratton is executive vice president and president – Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline, a new organization that combines all of Verizon’s wireline assets; including its Consumer, Mass Business, Enterprise Solutions and Global Wholesale Operating Units, as well as the operation of its underlying wireline network, cloud computing, and cyber-security platforms. The goal of the combined organization will be to drive improved effectiveness and efficiency in the core network, to leverage common systems and platforms to improve service delivery and customer support, and to expand market leadership and revenue growth.

Before being named to his current position in March, Stratton served as president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which oversees all of Verizon's solutions for business and government customers; specialized solutions for key industries such as healthcare, travel and transportation, retail, utilities and financial services; IT consulting services; and Verizon’s full range of global wholesale offerings.

Previously, Stratton was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States, and under his leadership the company established itself as the No. 1 brand among wireless consumers in the United States.  Before that, he held senior leadership positions including executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless. 

Stratton joined a Verizon predecessor company, Bell Atlantic Mobile, in 1993 as director of retail sales and operations. He later served as vice president-marketing for the company and then as president of Bell Atlantic Mobile's Philadelphia region. With the creation of Verizon Wireless in 2000, Stratton was named president - Northwest area, managing the company's business operations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Montana and the Dakotas.

Prior to joining the telecommunications industry, Stratton held several senior management positions in the consumer electronics industry. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

In October 2012, President Obama named Stratton to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, which is composed of up to 30 industry senior executives representing major communications, information technology, finance and aerospace companies. The committee provides the president with industry-based counsel on issues related to implementing national security and emergency preparedness communications policy.

Last updated April 2014

Marni M. Walden

Executive Vice President and President - Product and New Business Innovation - Verizon

Marni Walden is executive vice president and president - product and new business innovation.  She is in charge of a new companywide organization that will leverage all of Verizon’s assets to quickly develop innovative products across the company’s wireless, wireline, IP and cloud networks and platforms.

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Marni Walden is executive vice president and president - product and new business innovation.  She is in charge of a new companywide organization that will leverage all of Verizon’s assets to quickly develop innovative products across the company’s wireless, wireline, IP and cloud networks and platforms.

The organization, Product and New Business Innovation, also has responsibility for developing and nurturing new and emerging businesses such as telematics, and the video assets of upLynk, EdgeCast and Intel Media. Verizon acquired these assets in 2013.

Previously, Walden was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States, with responsibility for the company's nationwide operations and delivery of industry-leading performance for consumer and business customers.

Before that, she was Verizon Wireless’ vice president and chief marketing officer, responsible for all marketing initiatives and the management and development of mobile products and services. This included brand management, media buying, agency management and website integration across the entire company.

Walden also has served as president of Verizon Wireless’ Midwest area, responsible for operations spanning 15 states.  In addition she has served as president of the company’s Southern California region, president of the Desert Mountain region, and as branch director for AirTouch Cellular in Colorado and Wyoming.

Last updated February 2014