Verizon Names Gale Given to Lead Company's Public Policy Effort in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA - Verizon announced Tuesday (Oct. 14) that Gale Y. Given, currently regional president for Verizon's Great Lakes region, will become president of Verizon Pennsylvania, effective immediately.  Given replaces William B. Petersen, who was recently named vice president and associate general counsel for state regulatory matters in the Northeast.

Carl E. Erhart, president of Verizon's Southwest region, will assume public policy responsibilities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin in addition to his current duties in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. 

Michelle A. Robinson, president of Verizon's Southeast region, will assume public policy responsibilities in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee in addition to her current duties in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 69 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 228,600 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.