12.18.1996Corporate

Senior Executive Stuart Johnson plans to leave Bell Atlantic

ARLINGTON, Va.  Mr. Stuart C. Johnson, Group President - Large Business and Information Services, announced today that he will leave the company to pursue other business interests.

Mr. Johnson has been a senior executive since 1992. He is responsible for the direction of the corporation's Large Business, Network Integration, Carrier Access, Federal Systems, Internet Service and Video Operations, including TELE-TV, a joint venture established to develop interactive programming services.

"Stu Johnson has been the driving force behind some of Bell Atlantic's most innovative and leading edge technology ventures the corporation has ever initiated," said Raymond W. Smith, Chairman and CEO of Bell Atlantic. "Because of Stu's leadership, we have established a network integration company in our large business segment, developed a Video Information Provider sales channel in Carrier Access that is setting the industry standard, and established and built our internet access company for business and consumer markets into a leader and trend setter. Stu was the architect behind blending the resources and talents of Bell Atlantic, NYNEX, and PacTel to formulate a long term video strategy for moving the three RBOCs into the world of home entertainment. Under Stu's direction, Bell Atlantic created 'Stargazer' - the most successful interactive video-on-demand system ever tested in the United States."

Mr. Johnson will stay with Bell Atlantic through the closing of the merger with NYNEX which is expected to take place in first quarter of 1997.

Mr. Johnson began his career with Bell Atlantic in April 1992 as president of Regional Services. While in that position, he is credited with positioning Information Services, Carrier Services, Directory Services and Public Operator Services to respond to competition in the new telecommunications global marketplace. Also, during that assignment, he introduced market-focused strategic planning concepts to the lines of businesses.

Mr. Johnson assumed his dual role as Group President, Large Business and Information Services and Chairman & CEO of Bell Atlantic Video Services Company in August, 1993.

Mr. Johnson is Chairman of the Board for the Wolf Trap Foundation and also serves on the boards of PowerCerv Corporation, The Northern Virginia Roundtable, the American Defense Institute and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, George Washington University and the Harvard Business School.

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