NEW YORK - George (Brady) Connor, currently president and chief investment officer of Verizon Investment Management Corp. (VIMCO) and head of Verizon Capital Group (VCG), has been named to lead Investor Relations for Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ).
He will succeed Mike Stefanski, who today announced his plans to retire before the end of the year.
Upon Stefanski's retirement, Connor will become Verizon's primary liaison with the investment community and Verizon's shareholders, reporting to Verizon Chief Financial Officer Matt Ellis.
"Mike's financial leadership, personal integrity and his commitment to the business have been instrumental in helping Verizon become what it is today," Ellis said. "Brady brings the skills and experience needed to build on this legacy of excellence."
In Connor's current role, which he has held since late 2013, he has been responsible for end-to-end fiduciary management of a diversified investment portfolio of $50 billion in assets related to the company's pension and benefits funds as well as VCG.
Connor brings more than two decades of experience in telecommunications to his new role in Investor Relations. He has held various executive leadership positions at Verizon across finance and the operations of the business.
Connor holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University, a bachelor's degree in finance from New Mexico State University, and is a licensed CPA.
VIMCO and VCG will be added to the existing responsibilities of Verizon Treasurer Scott Krohn.
Stefanski held a number of leadership positions in finance during his 27-year career with Verizon and Bell Atlantic, including CFO for Consumer and Mass Business and Global Enterprise and Wholesale, controller for Verizon Wireless, and treasurer.