Verizon Business Receives Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Business has received Intel Corp.'s Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award recognizing the company's significant contributions to Intel in 2008. Verizon Business supplies Intel with network telecommunications and cellular service, deemed essential to Intel's success. Verizon Business and 25 additional suppliers are recognized as 2008 PQS award winners.

"Delivering the highest-quality service through our specialized global-account teams and our state-of-the-art customer self-service tools is a top priority for Verizon Business," said Fred Briggs, executive vice president for customer service and program management at Verizon Business. "This award underscores our commitment to deliver expertise and performance for Intel as well as all our multinational customers worldwide who work with Verizon Business."

Ron Hurle, vice president of finance and enterprise services, general manager IT operations and services, Intel Corp., said: "Verizon Business has had a long and successful history with Intel. We are proud to award them with Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier award for their performance in 2008. Verizon's commitment to excellence and continuous improvement makes them a highly valued supplier to Intel. We congratulate Verizon Business on this accomplishment."

The PQS award is part of Intel's Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) program, which encourages suppliers to strive for excellence and continuous improvement. To qualify for PQS status, suppliers must score 80 percent on a report card that assesses performance and ability to meet cost, quality, availability, delivery, technology and responsiveness goals. Suppliers must also manage and deliver on a challenging improvement plan and a quality/business systems assessment. Furthermore, the 2008 awardees had to demonstrate basic compliance to the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct and Intel's Green Sustainability Program. Additional information about the SCQI program is available at http://supplier.intel.com/quality/scqi.htm.

Celebrations will be held this month in Tokyo, Japan and Santa Clara, Calif., to honor the PQS award winners. In addition, there will be an online advertisement launch and acknowledgement on Intel's Web site.

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