Verizon Business Names Blair Crump to Lead New Worldwide Sales Team

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Business has named D. Blair Crump group president worldwide sales, effective immediately. 

In this newly created position, Crump oversees the company's enterprise, wholesale, government and education sales efforts worldwide, leading an organization of more than 5,000 sales and support professionals.  Verizon Business has 321 offices across six continents and operations in 75 countries.  The company serves 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and is the largest provider of communications services to the U.S. federal government.

"We see huge opportunities in helping globally extended enterprises securely communicate with their mobile and geographically dispersed networks of employees, partners, suppliers and customers," said Verizon Business President John Killian.  "Integrating our global sales team under Blair's seasoned leadership will ensure the right focus and drive to sustain our global leadership."

Verizon Business generated total 2007 revenues of $21.2 billion.  This year, the company generated total second-quarter revenues of $5.3 billion, or growth of 0.9 percent compared with last year's second quarter. Sales of strategic services - such as IP (Internet protocol) and managed services, including security, as well as Ethernet and optical services - continued to fuel growth.  These services generated nearly $1.5 billion in revenue, up 18.7 percent from second-quarter 2007.

Since November 2006, Crump has been Verizon Business' senior vice president for international and premier sales - serving the company's top 200 accounts as well as internationally-headquartered customers.  In his new role, he will also assume responsibility for all global sales, including all U.S. enterprise, federal and state government, and education accounts, as well as international customers.

Since beginning his career in 1983 as one of the first sales representatives in New York City with MCI, Crump has held positions of increasing responsibilities in sales and marketing and has spent the majority of his career developing commercial successes with large-enterprise customers.

A native of Philadelphia, Crump holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), operates the world's most connected public IP network and uses its industry-leading global-network capabilities to offer large-business and government customers an unmatched combination of security, reliability and speed.  The company integrates advanced IP communications and information technology (IT) products and services to deliver leading enterprise solutions including managed services, security, mobility, collaboration and professional services.  These solutions power innovation and enable the company's customers to do business better. For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.