Ellen Dotto Named Director-State Government Relations For Bell Atlantic - New Jersey

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Ellen Dotto Named Director-State Government Relations
For Bell Atlantic - New Jersey

Ellen M. Dotto, of Berkeley Heights, has been
appointed director-state government relations for Bell Atlantic - New

January 13, 1999


John Johnson,
617 743-3677

NEWARK, N.J. - Ellen M. Dotto, of Berkeley Heights, has been
appointed director-state government relations for Bell Atlantic - New

In her new position, Dotto is responsible for the daily interaction between
the company and the various branches of the New Jersey state
government. Prior to this new post, she was the director of Opportunity
New Jersey, Bell Atlantic's program to accelerate the deployment of
advanced telecommunications across the state, especially to schools and

She succeeds Jon P. Spinnanger and Andrew R. McDevitt, Jr. who retired
recently with a combined total of 68 years' service with Bell Atlantic.

"Ellen has an extensive background in working with state agencies and the
legislature, " said William Freeman, Bell Atlantic - New Jersey CEO and
president. "Through her civic involvement and recent work to speed the
availability of advanced services to schools and libraries, she has been a
tremendous resource to the people of New Jersey. She brings a great
many strengths to her new role."

Dotto began her career at New Jersey Bell in 1972 as a statistical analyst
and has since held various finance, accounting and regulatory positions. In
1993, she became external affairs manager for Middlesex and Union
Counties. She assumed responsibility for Opportunity New Jersey in

Dotto received a bachelor's degree in Economics from Trinity College,
Washington D.C., and earned her MBA from Seton Hall University.

She is a member of the Board of Governors of Union County College and
a 1997 Fellow of Leadership New Jersey. She serves on the board of
trustees of the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey and recently served
as a member of the Business Coalition for Educational Excellence at
theNew Jersey Chamber of Commerce. Dotto is the former chair of the
Middlesex County Employer Legislative Committee. She also has served
on the boards of New Brunswick Tomorrow, the Middlesex County
Chamber of Commerce and the Union County Chamber of Commerce.

In 1994, Dotto was honored by the Central New Jersey YWCA with its
Tribute to Women and Industry Award. She received the Woman of
Excellence Award from the Middlesex County Commission on the Status
Women in 1996. She was honored by the City News of Plainfield as one
of the 100 most influential people in New Jersey's urban communities in

Dotto and her husband Peter have three children.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With 42 million telephone access lines and eight
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.

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