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RICHMOND, Va. -- Bell Atlantic-Virginia has promoted Irving B. Taylor Jr., area manager for central Virginia, to the position of director-External Affairs.
In his new capacity, he will direct Bell Atlantic-Virginia's statewide economic development and philanthropic initiatives, while continuing to oversee public affairs in Greater Richmond.
A Richmond native, Taylor is an 18-year Bell Atlantic veteran. His career spans assignments in network operations, outside plant engineering and, most recently, marketing.
He is a graduate of Morgan State University and holds a master's degree in business administration from Hampton University. He also graduated from the Executive Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
Taylor was instrumental in Bell Atlantic receiving the National Corporate Partner Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners. He also provided leadership for the 1997 Richmond AIDS Walk.
Taylor is a mentor for the newly formed Richmond Boys Choir. He also serves on the boards of Theatre IV, Metropolitan Business League, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Metro Richmond, the Hand Workshop Arts Center and Communities-in-Schools for Richmond.
Taylor is also on the Virginia Public Broadcasting board, an appointment made by Gov. George Allen. In addition, he is a member of the advisory board of Fidelity Federal Savings Bank, and a vice president of the Association of Telecommunications Managers in Virginia.
Taylor and his wife, Sandy, have two children and live in the city of Richmond.
The new Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX - is at the forefront of the new communications, information and entertainment industry. With 40 million telephone access lines and 5.5 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 in Richmond. He was also instrumental in creating the Richmond Boys Choir and world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 21 countries.