Senior Executive Stuart Johnson Plans to Leave Bell Atlantic

Senior Executive Stuart Johnson Plans to Leave Bell Atlantic

December 18, 1996

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/profiles/johnson.html">Mr. Stuart C.
Johnson, Group President - Large
Business and Information Services, announced today that he will leave
the company to pursue other business interests.

Mr. Johnson has been a senior executive since 1992. He is responsible
for the direction of the corporation's Large Business, Network
Integration, Carrier Access, Federal Systems, Internet Service and
Video Operations, including TELE-TV, a joint venture established to
develop interactive programming services.

"Stu Johnson has been the driving force behind some of Bell
most innovative and leading edge technology ventures the corporation
has ever initiated," said HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/profiles/smith.html">Raymond W.
Smith, Chairman and CEO of Bell
Atlantic. "Because of Stu's leadership, we have established a
integration company in our large business segment, developed a Video
Information Provider sales channel in Carrier Access that is setting
the industry standard, and established and built our internet access
company for business and consumer markets into a leader and trend
setter. Stu was the architect behind blending the resources and
talents of Bell Atlantic, NYNEX, and PacTel to formulate a long term
video strategy for moving the three RBOCs into the world of home
entertainment. Under Stu's direction, Bell Atlantic created
'Stargazer' - the most successful interactive video-on-demand system
ever tested in the United States."

Mr. Johnson will stay with Bell Atlantic through the closing of the
merger with NYNEX which is expected to take place in first quarter of

Mr. Johnson began his career with Bell Atlantic in April 1992 as
president of Regional Services. While in that position, he is
credited with positioning Information Services, Carrier Services,
Directory Services and Public Operator Services to respond to
competition in the new telecommunications global marketplace. Also,
during that assignment, he introduced market-focused strategic
planning concepts to the lines of businesses.

Mr. Johnson assumed his dual role as Group President, Large Business
and Information Services and Chairman & CEO of Bell Atlantic Video
Services Company in August, 1993.

Mr. Johnson is Chairman of the Board for the Wolf Trap Foundation and
also serves on the boards of PowerCerv Corporation, The Northern
Virginia Roundtable, the American Defense Institute and the Armed
Forces Communications and Electronics. He is a graduate of the United
States Naval Academy, George Washington University and the Harvard
Business School.