Verizon Names Richard Windram to Lead Company's Government and External Affairs Programs in New York City

NEW YORK - Verizon has named Richard Windram to be director of its government and external affairs programs in New York City.

Windram, who has worked for the company for 19 years, will be responsible for public policy development and advocacy initiatives with various New York City governmental agencies, elected officials and their staffs, and other New York City-based organizations.

In addition, Windram will have responsibility for the administration of Verizon Foundation grants to nonprofit groups based in the city.

"Rich is the right person to lead our New York City efforts," said Andrés Irlando, Verizon senior vice president for the New York region.  "He has an extensive working relationship with many agencies in city government, and was instrumental in securing a television franchise for the company last year, as it moved through the various approval steps.  In addition, he and his staff will continue our long-standing outreach efforts with community groups across the five boroughs."

Windram began his career with Verizon predecessor company New York Telephone in 1990.  He has held positions of increasing responsibility in consumer services, marketing and government relations.  For several years he managed Verizon's New York City public telephone franchise.  In addition to his work in securing a Verizon TV franchise for New York City, Windram was also responsible for TV franchising issues in Rockland County. 

Windram is a graduate of the University of Scranton.  He received a J.D. degree from New York Law School and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 86 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 237,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.