Verizon Appoints Two Executives to Key Positions

NEW YORK - Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) announced today that it has appointed David Benson and Ezra Singer to fill key positions on the company's leadership team.

Benson, currently vice president - Strategic Planning and Business Development for Verizon Wireless, was appointed executive vice president - Strategy, Development and Planning for the corporation. He succeeds James Attwood, who recently left the company.

Singer was appointed executive vice president - Human Resources. He had served in an acting capacity since the close of the Bell Atlantic-GTE merger that formed Verizon Communications on June 30.

Both executives will report to Verizon Co-CEOs Charles R. Lee and Ivan Seidenberg. The appointments are effective immediately.

Benson will be responsible for corporate strategy; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; business development and strategic planning. Prior to his current position with Verizon Wireless, he served as vice president and chief financial officer of Bell Atlantic Mobile and earlier was vice president and chief financial officer for NYNEX Mobile Communications.

Before joining NYNEX Mobile, Benson was the assistant comptroller - Financial Planning for NYNEX Corp., where he was responsible for actuarial economic analysis, financial planning, management reports and budgets, and merger and acquisition oversight. He began his telecommunications career in the accounting department of New England Telelphone in 1971. Benson graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in finance and later received his MBA from Pace University, New York.

Singer is responsible for all Human Resources policies and programs serving Verizon's approximately 260,000 employees. These programs include employee and labor relations, staffing, compensation and benefits, diversity, environmental health and safety, and workforce and leadership development. In addition, he oversees business-unit Human Resources departments, international recruitment and staffing and provides Human Resources counsel on mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to the Bell Atlantic-GTE merger, Singer was senior vice president, Human Resources - compensation and benefits at GTE, having served as vice president and associate general counsel - Human Resources since September 1997. He joined GTE as an attorney in 1982. Prior to GTE, he was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in New York City and was an associate with the Baltimore law firm of Venable, Baetjer and Howard. Singer holds a bachelor's degree from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a juris doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law. He has served as a lecturer in labor law at Cornell University and on the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Southwest Connecticut.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with more than 101 million access line equivalents and more than 26 million wireless customers. A Fortune 10 company with more than 260,000 employees and approximately $60 billion in 1999 revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.