Bell Atlantic - New Jersey President Len Lauer Resigns

Bell Atlantic-New Jersey President Len Lauer Resigns

April 10, 1998

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NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic today announced that Len J. Lauer, president
and CEO of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey, has resigned to become an officer
of Sprint Corporation in Kansas City. The resignation is effective today.
His successor will be named Monday.

"Len Lauer has been an eloquent and effective advocate for Bell
Atlantic in New Jersey," said Morrison DeS. Webb, Bell Atlantic
executive vice president, External Affairs and Corporate
Communications. "In his five-and-a-half-year tenure, Bell
Atlantic-New Jersey has added jobs and made great progress in building
the kind of network that will stimulate the state's economic
development in the Information Age. Bell Atlantic-New Jersey will
continue to build on this success, led by the strong team Len has

Among Bell Atlantic-New Jersey's achievements during Lauer's tenure
are the development of programs through Opportunity New Jersey, the
17-year framework of incentive regulation and network development
under which the company operates. These include Access New
JerseySM, a high-speed data network for schools and public
libraries, and TEC 2000, a company-supported group of technology
education centers at vocational high schools throughout
the state.

Lauer joined Bell Atlantic in 1992 as vice president, Large Business
Sales in New Jersey, after a successful sales and marketing career at
IBM. He became president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey in
November 1995.

Bell Atlantic -- formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX
-- is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With 40.5 million telephone access lines and six 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 among the world's
largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with
operations and investments in 21 countries.