Verizon Names B. Keith Fulton West Virginia Company President

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Verizon West Virginia has selected B. Keith Fulton to become president of the company, effective at the end of October.  He succeeds H. Stan Cavendish, who has announced his retirement.

Fulton, who most recently was vice president for Verizon's national strategic alliances and corporate responsibility, will oversee the company's operations and financial matters in West Virginia and assume responsibility for Verizon's public policy, external affairs and regulatory matters in the state.

"Verizon is the prime player in West Virginia's competitive telecommunications market, and Keith is the perfect choice to further the progress that Stan and his team have made," said Colleen A. McCloskey, Verizon senior vice president-state public policy and external affairs.  "Keith's broad-based experience and knowledge of the industry will lead our West Virginia operations in a time of accelerating competition and technological change."

Fulton said, "Verizon has more than 2,200 men and women in West Virginia dedicated to providing customers with quality service and innovative products.  I'm looking forward to building on the strengths of our people and our company to meet West Virginians' communications and broadband needs."

Fulton joined Verizon in 2004 as vice president of strategic alliances and corporate responsibility, where he led a Washington, D.C.-based team that worked with more than 100 national organizations on communications-related public policy issues.  Prior to joining Verizon, Fulton was a senior policy analyst with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He also was a vice president of the AOL Time Warner Foundation and a director of technology programs and policy at the National Urban League.

Fulton earned a bachelor's degree in urban affairs and planning from Virginia Tech, a master's degree in urban policy analysis and management from the Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy in New York, and a doctor of jurisprudence degree in telecommunications, electronic commerce and intellectual property law from the New York Law School.   He also earned a professional certificate in public policy analysis and management from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

Fulton, his wife, Ingrid, and their two children will relocate to the Charleston area.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 62 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.