Two Verizon IT Executives Named to Global Telecoms Business '40 Under 40' List

Verizon executives Farooq Muzaffar and Mustansir Jhaveri have been named by Global Telecoms Business magazine to its 2009 40 Under 40 list of senior executives most likely to lead the industry over the next decade or two.

Muzaffar and Jhaveri are part of Verizon's Information Technology Department, which plays an integral role in the company's global capability to offer leading communications and IT products and services for individual, business, government and wholesale customers.

"The selection of Farooq and Mustansir reflects not only these executives' individual contributions, but also the critical role IT plays at Verizon in serving our customers worldwide," said Judy Spitz, senior vice president and chief information officer for Verizon Business. "IT is defined by a desire to innovate and a demand for agility. Farooq and Mustansir have consistently shown their ability to excel in that environment. We congratulate them on this notable accomplishment."

Muzaffar, vice president of IT product development at Verizon Business, is responsible for developing new products for the global business market. He oversees such next-generation areas as collaboration, software as a service, VoIP, security, contact centers and conferencing. Prior to this role, Muzaffar was executive director in the Verizon architecture and eServices group where he was responsible for delivering next-generation communications solutions to enterprise customers.

Jhaveri leads the Verizon IT network systems group, which develops and maintains applications for managing operations for Verizon's wireline networks. His responsibilities as vice president of IT network systems include Verizon network engineering, construction and provisioning systems. He manages a world-class software development team that develops industry-leading operations support systems solutions. Prior to this position, Jhaveri led IT's engineering and supply chain systems and helped conceive and build new systems for the company's extensive fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network build.

Alan Burkitt-Gray, editor, Global Telecoms Business said: "This is the first year we at Global Telecoms Business (www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com) have asked our readers to name the most promising executives under 40 years of age in the industry worldwide. Our readers include the CEOs, CFOs and CTOs of the leading telecoms operators globally, so their opinions should be listened to with respect. Muzaffar and Jhaveri stood out among the many nominations we received, and they are clearly making significant contributions to Verizon's operations. We will watch their continuing careers with interest."

Muzaffar and Jhaveri both report to Spitz, who was recently named a winner of InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 86 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 237,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.