Roy H. Chestnutt
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.
Before being named to his current position in January 2013, Chestnutt was senior vice president - Corporate Strategy, with responsibility for the formulation and execution of Verizon’s strategic plan addressing new markets, solution areas and services that capitalize on the company’s assets, capabilities and brand across all lines of business.
Chestnutt joined Verizon in 2011 from Motorola Networks where he served as corporate vice president of the Americas and helped lead the successful transition of the business unit to new ownership by Nokia Siemens Networks.
Chestnutt was previously chairman and chief executive officer of Grande Communications, a facilities-based, "triple-play" communications provider in Texas. His responsibilities included leading the transition of Grande from startup to a full service, market-driven company, resulting in the successful sale of the company.
Prior to joining Grande, Chestnutt was the senior vice president of National Field Sales and General Business for Sprint-Nextel.
From 2000 to 2005, Chestnutt held positions at Nextel Communications as regional vice president of the Southwest in Austin and of the West in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also has general management experience with PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Cellular.
Chestnutt earned an MBA from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis in general management and international business, and a B.S. in business administration from San Jose State University, with a concentration in marketing.