Magazine Names Verizon Executive to Annual List of 25 Influential Black Women in Business

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NEW YORK - Verizon's Tammie Cottom has been named one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal, a magazine for black professionals and small-business owners and executives. Cottom, vice president - operations and technology of Verizon's Retail Markets Group, is being recognized for her professional achievements, community service and strong leadership skills.

The 25 women will be honored at The Network Journal's seventh annual achievement awards luncheon March 24 in New York City.

"Tammie Cottom and the other honorees' personal integrity, cultural diversity and commitment to making a difference enrich the business environment and our communities," said Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, The Network Journal publisher. "They are true examples of dynamic corporate leadership and dedication to the community."

Cottom, a 21-year telecommunications veteran, is responsible for directing the strategy, design, delivery and implementation of Verizon's sales and marketing operating systems. The company's sales force services 30 million households and 2.5 million small-business customers. Cottom's leadership also played a significant role in the recent re-launch of the company's Web site,, the most visited site in telecommunications with more than 2.5 million hits weekly, according to comScore Media Metrix, a leading source of Internet audience measurement.

Cottom is active in the community through her national sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc., and serves on the board of the Consortium of Information and Telecommunications Executives, an organization dedicated to supporting diverse communities through literacy programs and education and scholarship initiatives. She also leads a women's mentoring group at Verizon.

She received her bachelor's degree in accounting from York College in Pennsylvania and a master's degree in information technology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

With more than $71 billion in annual revenues, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon has a diverse work force of more than 210,000 in four business units: Domestic Telecom serves customers based in 29 states with wireline telecommunications services, including broadband and other services. Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers across the United States. Information Services operates directory publishing businesses and provides electronic commerce services. International includes wireline and wireless operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit


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