Bell Atlantic Names Jeannie Diefenderfer Vice President of Corporate Sourcing

Bell Atlantic Names Jeannie Diefenderfer
Vice President of Corporate Sourcing

Leads Organization Responsible for $11 Billion in Annual Purchases

May 18, 1998

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Steve Marcus,

NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic has appointed Jeannie Diefenderfer as vice president-Corporate Sourcing with responsibility for overseeing annual purchases of $11 billion in products and services for the corporation.

Diefenderfer, who currently serves as executive director-Equipment Installation in Network Operations, will report to George Via, vice president-Operations Assurance and Administration. She succeeds Leonard Garrambone, who left in April.

"Throughout her career, Jeannie has demonstrated the ability to bring teams together to achieve high-quality results," said Via. "Her leadership skills are of vital importance to Corporate Sourcing, which plays a critical role in Bell Atlantic's abilit
y to provide quality products and services to our customers."

Diefenderfer joined NYNEX -- which merged with Bell Atlantic last year -- as a management trainee in 1984 and has served in positions of increasing responsibility in Network Operations and Human Resources. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in c
hemical engineering from Tufts University and a master's degree in business administration from Babson College.

She lives in Foxboro, Mass.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A photo of Ms. Diefenderfer is available. For a print, contact Steve Marcus.

Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX - is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 41 million telephone access lines and 6.7 million
wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also am
ong the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 22 countries.