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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is charged with maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance because it believes that an effective board will positively influence shareholder value and enhance Verizon's reputation. All of our Directors stand for election each year. Our Board as a whole reflects a range of viewpoints, backgrounds and expertise because we believe that diversity is a core attribute of a well-functioning Board. A summary of the Board's role and guiding principles can be found  in our Corporate Governance Guidelines.

Lowell McAdam

Lowell C. McAdam is chairman and chief executive officer of Verizon Communications, a leading provider of wireless, fiber-optic and global Internet networks and services. He was named CEO on Aug. 1, 2011, and chairman on Jan. 1, 2012.

Shellye L. Archambeau

Ms. Archambeau, 51, is Chief Executive Officer of MetricStream, Inc., a leading provider of governance, risk, compliance and quality management solutions to corporations across diverse industries. Under her leadership, the privately-held MetricStream has grown 2,500% over the past ten years, with approximately 1,000 employees worldwide.

Mark T. Bertolini

Mr. Bertolini is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna Inc., a Fortune 100 diversified healthcare benefits company with more than $47.2 billion in 2013 revenue.  Prior to assuming the role of Aetna’s CEO in 2010 and Chairman in 2011, Mr. Bertolini served as President from 2007, responsible for all of Aetna’s businesses and operations across the company’s range of healthcare products and related services, and as Executive Vice President and head of Aetna’s regional businesses prior to that. He joined Aetna in 2003 as head of Aetna’s Specialty Products after holding executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans and SelectCare, Inc.  

Richard L. Carrión

Mr. Carrión, 61, has served for over 18 years as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of both Popular Inc., a diversified bank holding company, and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Popular Inc.’s principal bank subsidiary. Popular Inc. is the largest financial institution based in Puerto Rico, with consolidated assets of $35.7 billion, total deposits of $26.7 billion and 8,059 employees as of December 31, 2013. In addition to his experience guiding these companies, Mr. Carrión has been a class A director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York since 2008.

Melanie L. Healey

Ms. Healey, 52, is Group President – North America and Global Hyper-Market, Super-Market and Mass Channel of The Procter & Gamble Company, a provider of branded consumer packaged goods to customers in over 180 countries around the world. In this role, Ms. Healey is responsible for the overall North America business, which in fiscal 2013 had net sales of $32.8 billion. Since joining Procter & Gamble in 1990, Ms. Healey has held positions of increasing responsibility, including Group President, Global Feminine and Health Care, and President, Global Feminine Care & Adult Care.

M. Frances Keeth

Ms. Keeth, 67, was Executive Vice President of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, an energy company, from 2005 to 2006. In this role, Ms. Keeth was accountable for Shell’s global chemicals businesses, which produced $36.3 billion in third-party revenue in 2006 and operated in 35 countries. From 2001 to 2006, she was also President and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Chemicals LP, Shell’s U.S. operating company through which it conducted all of its operations in the United States.

Robert W. Lane

Mr. Lane, 64, served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deere & Company from 2000 to 2009. Deere & Company is an equipment manufacturer that in fiscal 2009 had net sales and revenues of $23.1 billion and approximately 51,300 employees as of October 31, 2009. During his 28 years at Deere, Mr. Lane held positions of increasing responsibility across a wide variety of domestic and overseas units.

Donald T. Nicolaisen

Mr. Nicolaisen, 69, was Chief Accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2003 to 2005. In that role, Mr. Nicolaisen was responsible for establishing and enforcing accounting and auditing policy applicable to all U.S. reporting companies and for improving the professional performance of public company auditors. Prior to joining the SEC, he was a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers and its predecessors, which he joined in 1967.

Clarence Otis, Jr.

Mr. Otis, 58, served as Chief Executive Officer of Darden Restaurants, Inc., a restaurant holding company, from 2004 to 2014 and as Chairman from 2005 to 2014. Darden Restaurants is the largest company-owned and operated full-service restaurant company in the world. As of May 26, 2013, the company’s 206,000 employees operated 2,138 restaurants in the United States and Canada and generated fiscal 2013 sales of $8.5 billion.

Rodney E. Slater

Mr. Slater, 59, is a partner at the law firm Squire Patton Boggs LLP, focusing his practice in the areas of transportation and infrastructure and public policy. Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, from February 1997 to January 2001, Mr. Slater was the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. In that position, Mr. Slater was responsible for overseeing national transportation policy, encouraging intermodal transportation, negotiating international transportation agreements and assuring the fitness of U.S. airlines.

Kathryn A. Tesija

Ms. Tesija, 51, is Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer and a member of the Executive Committee of Target Corporation, the second largest discount retailer in the United States with 1,917 stores, revenues of $72.6 billion and approximately 366,325 employees in fiscal 2013. In this role, which she has held since 2008, Ms. Tesija oversees all merchandising functions, including product design and development, sourcing, inventory management, merchandising systems, presentation and operations as well as the company’s global supply chain.

Gregory D. Wasson

Mr. Wasson, 56, is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA). On December 31, 2014, Walgreens completed a global merger with Alliance Boots—the leading pharmacy-led health and beauty group across Europe with a presence in more than 25 countries—a strategic partnership launched in 2012. Prior to the merger, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Walgreen Co., the nation’s largest retail community pharmacy chain, which in fiscal 2014 had $76.4 billion of sales, 8,309 locations, and 251,000 employees.