John W. Snow elected to GTE Board of Directors

IRVING, Texas - GTE Corp. today announced that John W. Snow, Chairman, President and CEO of CSX Corp., was elected to the GTE Board of Directors.

A director of CSX since 1985, he has held the title of President and CEO of this global transportation company since April 1989 and became Chairman in February 1991. Snow also serves as a director of Circuit City Stores, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; Textron Inc.; and USX Corp. He has served as Chairman of the Business Roundtable and has held senior posts at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Snow is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and the University of Virginia with a Ph.D. in economics.

GTE Chairman Charles R. Lee said, "We are delighted that John has agreed to join our Board of Directors. His distinguished background and vast set of experiences in the public and private sector will be a great asset to GTE as we continue to implement our profitable growth strategy."

With 1997 revenues of more than $23 billion, GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated telecommunications services. In the United States, GTE provides local service in 28 states and wireless service in 17 states; nationwide long-distance and internetworking services ranging from dial-up Internet access for residential and small-business consumers to Web-based applications for Fortune 500 companies; as well as video service in selected markets.

Outside the United States, the company serves more than 9 million telecommunications customers. GTE is also a leader in government and defense communications systems and equipment, directories and telecommunications-based information services, and aircraft-passenger telecommunications.

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