Aziz to Direct Verizon Operations In Western New York Region

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Wajeeha H. Aziz has been named director of operations for Verizon Communications' Western New York region.

Aziz is responsible for the maintenance of more than 800,000 customer lines and the installation of new telecommunications services in a region stretching from

the Pennsylvania border to the Canadian border. Her department includes more than 500 employees and an annual budget of about $50 million.

Most recently, Aziz served as a senior manager with Verizon's centralized installation and maintenance operations and was responsible for designing and

implementing improvements in customer service. Prior to that she served as an area operations manager in Verizon's Queens, N.Y., installation and maintenance
operations and was instrumental in the company receiving New York Public Service Commission commendations for customer service in Queens for three consecutive years.

Aziz earned a master's degree in finance from Wright State University in Ohio and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the New York Institute of
Technology. She began working in 1987 for Verizon, then known as NYNEX, as an assistant manager in the design-engineering department in Patchogue, N.Y.

She subsequently held positions in the company's cable splicing operations, as well as in business planning and financial analysis.

Aziz is the recipient of the Certificate in Leadership Development program at the National Leadership Institute. She is also a current member of Leadership

Buffalo's First Impressions program.

Aziz lives in Williamsville with her husband, Dr. Akhtar Ashfaq, and sons, Asim and Hasan.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services.

Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with more than 101 million access line equivalents and

more than 27 million wireless customers. A Fortune 10 company with more than 260,000 employees and approximately $60 billion in 1999 revenues,
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