May 6, 1997
CONTACT: NYNEX, New York - David Frail, 212/395-0500 or Bell Atlantic - Eric
John F. Killian to head International Telecommunications
for the new Bell Atlantic
NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic and NYNEX today announced that John F. Killian has
been named group president - International Telecommunications for the new Bell Atlantic.
As head of one of the post-merger company's five major operating groups, Killian
will oversee its international wireline investments in the United Kingdom, Thailand,
the Philippines and New Zealand as well as Fiberoptic Link Around the Globe (FLAG),
the world's longest undersea fiber optic cable. He will report to the Office of the
Killian has been president and chief executive officer of NYNEX CableComms,
one of the United Kingdom's largest combined telephony-cable television companies,
since Jan. 1, 1996. He also played an integral role in CableComms' merger into Cable
& Wireless Communications, which will be Europe's largest provider of integrated
"John has done an outstanding job in leading a new kind of communications
company and building its marketing capabilities as well as its infrastructure,"
said Ivan Seidenberg, NYNEX chairman and chief executive officer. "His talents
and experience will help Bell Atlantic realize value in a new kind of global telecommunications
Before joining NYNEX CableComms in March 1995 as chief operating officer,
Killian spent 15 years with NYNEX in positions of increasing responsibility in accounting,
finance, market planning, external relations and operations, including the vice presidency
of Massachusetts. A certified public accountant, he holds degrees from Providence
College and Bentley College.
Killian will be located in New York City.
The proposed merger between Bell Atlantic and NYNEX was announced on April
22, 1996. The combined corporation will serve more than 39 million telephone access
lines and 5 million wireless customers in the eastern United States and around the
world. Shareowners of both companies overwhelmingly approved the merger in November
The new Bell Atlantic's five operating groups will be the Telecommunications,
Network, Global Wireless, Information Services and International Telecommunications
groups. The heads of the four other groups have been previously announced.