Bell Atlantic Names John Killian Vice President - Investor Relations
Peter Crawford To Retire; Daniel Petri To Head International
November 9, 1998
NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic today appointed John F. Killian vice
president - Investor Relations, assuming the responsibilities of Peter D.
Crawford, who will retire next year after a 35-year career with the
Killian's appointment is effective Nov. 15, with Crawford staying on
through the first quarter of 1999 to ensure an orderly transition. Daniel C.
Petri will assume Killian's current responsibilities for Bell Atlantic's
international wireline investments.
Crawford has been the driving force behind Bell Atlantic's relations with
the investment community since the corporation's formation in 1984. He
helped build its reputation on Wall Street as the most forward-looking of
its peers during a period of dramatic change that has included the Bell
Atlantic-NYNEX merger and the post-merger company's drive into new
data and long distance markets.
"Pete Crawford has been tireless in his efforts to have the capital markets
recognize the full value of Bell Atlantic," said Bell Atlantic Chairman-
elect, President and CEO Ivan Seidenberg. "Whether he is articulating the
broadest element of corporate strategy or the smallest details of an income
statement, Pete does his work with a remarkable combination of smarts
and passion. He is a powerful example of the difference that one person
can make to a corporation."
Killian is currently group president - International Telecommunications,
with responsibility for Bell Atlantic's international wireline investments
and development of the corporation's global connectivity capabilities.
"John Killian is an extraordinary executive who brings a unique set of
talents to the job of representing Bell Atlantic to the investment
community," Seidenberg said. "Besides being thoroughly grounded in
finance, he is experienced in Bell Atlantic's operations, planning and
public policy. He has been the CEO of a publicly traded company, and a
manager of international investments and operations. He knows our
company and our strategies for building value, and he knows how to
Killian served from March 1995 to June 1997 as chief operating officer,
and then president and CEO, of NYNEX CableComms, one of the largest
cable TV and telecommunications companies in the United Kingdom. He
helped lead CableComms during its successful initial public offering in
spring 1995, and as CEO he took it through its 1996-97 merger with three
other UK companies into Cable & Wireless Communications.
Killian, a certified public accountant, joined New England Telephone in
1979 after several years at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. He moved
through positions of increasing responsibility at New England Telephone,
AT&T and NYNEX, and in 1992 was named vice president -
Massachusetts for New England Telephone, where he led the company's
successful efforts to have a new form of state regulation established.
Killian holds a B.S. in business administration from Providence College
and an M.S. from Bentley College.
Petri, currently president - Global Systems, has been named president -
International Telecommunications. He will add oversight of Bell
Atlantic's international wireline investments to his current responsibilities
for Bell Atlantic's global connectivity efforts.
Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With 42 million telephone access lines and 8
million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are
premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market
leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory
information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest
investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations
and investments in 23 countries.