Eric Fitzgerald Reed to Lead Verizon's Policy Initiatives With Silicon Valley

Verizon has tapped Eric Fitzgerald Reed to lead its public policy initiatives with the high-tech and entertainment industries, effective immediately.  Reed will be based in San Francisco.

"Eric's proven track record with the high-tech industry, his strong network of contacts and thorough understanding of the complex relationships within the Internet ecosystem will make him a valuable asset to our team," said Tim McCallion, Verizon's West region vice president.  "His tech industry expertise will be an important resource as we continue to cultivate a favorable public policy environment for tech investment, collaboration and partnerships, innovation and consumer choice in California and other high-tech centers."

Reed joined Verizon's federal regulatory group in 2000 and became vice president-market issues and policy in the company's public affairs, policy and communications organization in 2006.  In that position, he has developed and advanced Verizon's policy on a variety of broadband and technology issues, and he has represented the company in various tech, business and manufacturing associations.

Reed holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from American University, and master's degrees in business administration and telecommunications management - from the University of Maryland University College.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 93 million retail customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 192,000.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.