Executive Bios

The Verizon Leadership team blends a history of industry expertise with visionary thinking. Meet the team that is championing the next generation of telecommunications and technology.

Lowell McAdam
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Lowell C. McAdam is chairman and chief executive officer of Verizon Communications, a leading provider of wireless, fiber-optic and global Internet networks and services. He was named CEO on Aug. 1, 2011, and chairman on Jan. 1, 2012.

Roy H. Chestnutt
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Roy Chestnutt is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon. He is responsible for development and implementation of Verizon’s overall corporate strategy, including business development, joint ventures, strategic investments, acquisitions and divestitures.

Jim Gerace
Chief Communications Officer

Jim Gerace is chief communications officer for Verizon, responsible for all external communications and media relations strategy and execution across the corporation, both domestic and international. He also handles corporate-wide issues management and executive and employee communications.

Roger Gurnani
Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Architect

Roger Gurnani is executive vice president and chief information and technology architect. He is responsible for Verizon’s network technology architecture and information systems development and operations. 

Daniel Mead
Executive Vice President and President of Strategic Initiatives

Dan Mead is executive vice president and president of strategic initiatives, with responsibility for directing the transfer of Verizon’s consumer and mass business operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications. Under a definitive agreement reached with Verizon in February 2015, Frontier will purchase those assets for approximately $10.54 billion. When Mead completes this assignment, in the first half of 2016, he plans to retire.

Anthony J. Melone
Executive Vice President

Tony Melone is an executive vice president of Verizon Communications. From December 2010 through December 2014, he served as chief technology officer, with responsibility for Verizon's technology roadmap, including overall platforms integrity and architecture, network strategy and product development. He was also responsible for the company’s overall network engineering and operations.

Randal S. Milch
Executive Vice President, Strategic Policy Adviser

Randal S. Milch is executive vice president and strategic policy adviser to Lowell McAdam, Verizon’s chairman and CEO, with responsibility for overseeing strategic policy initiatives.

Marc C. Reed
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Marc Reed is Verizon’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Under his leadership are end-to-end accountability for human resources, real estate, supply chain services, procurement and fleet, to most effectively and efficiently leverage Verizon’s collective assets and resources.

Diego Scotti
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Diego Scotti is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Communications.  He is responsible for linking the innovations of the company’s product team to the customer-focused operations of the business units to build the Verizon global brand, create consumer awareness and advocacy, and drive customer preference for the brand through all channels, every day.

Francis J. Shammo
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Fran Shammo is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Verizon Communications, responsible for the company’s finance and strategic planning operations, and financial transaction services.

Craig Silliman photo
Executive Vice President – Public Policy and General Counsel

Craig Silliman is executive vice president – public policy and general counsel, responsible for leading the company’s public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups.

John G. Stratton
Executive Vice President and President of Operations

John Stratton is executive vice president and president of Operations, with responsibility for overseeing and growing Verizon’s wireless and wireline businesses: Verizon Wireless, Consumer and Mass Business, Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Verizon Partner Solutions. Verizon’s Operations account for $126.1 billion in revenue annually and provide a broad array of consumer and enterprise communications products on the most advanced networks in the world.

Marni Walden
Executive Vice President and President of Product Innovation and New Businesses

Marni Walden is executive vice president and president of Product Innovation and New Businesses. She is responsible for developing and growing Verizon’s emerging businesses, like the Internet of Things and digital media, and telematics. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing the company’s Strategy Development and Planning group.