Jerald M. Fountain is Named Vice President for Bell Atlantic Mobile's Southeast Region

Jerald M. Fountain is Named Vice President for Bell Atlantic Mobile's Southeast Region

July 7, 1998

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GREENVILLE, SC -- Jerald M. Fountain has been named Vice President
of Bell Atlantic Mobile's Southeast Region. Fountain will be responsible
for an extensive wireless communications network and retail store channel
for the region, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Prior to his new appointment, Fountain served as regional Vice President
of Bell Atlantic Mobile's Pittsburgh market, a position he had held since
1992. "Jerry has done an impressive job of growing our customer base in
the western Pennsylvania market, even in the face of some of the stiffest
competition our company has seen," said Jack Plating, executive Vice
President and Chief Operation Officer of Bell Atlantic Mobile. "I'm
extremely happy that Jerry is eager to build on his success in his new

Fountain will lead more than 725 employees in the Southeast region.

Fountain began his career in the telecommunications industry as a sales
associate for Motorola in 1978 and later moved to Metromedia Paging
Services, where he was the company's Washington, DC, sales manager. In
1985, he became general sales manager for A Cellular Company, which
was purchased by Bell Atlantic in 1986. Fountain served in a number of
Bell Atlantic Mobile sales positions in the Washington area before
eventually being promoted to director of sales and operations in that
market. Fountain earned a degree in business administration from the
University of Maryland in 1978.

Editor's Note: Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless
network in the East, covering 112,000 square miles, and the largest chain
of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging.
Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 5.5 million customers
and 7,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate
subsidiary, in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work..." community
relations program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and
communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic
is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with
domestic operations in 25 states and international investments spanning
Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell
Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com; on global operations visit: