Verizon Names Carl Erhart to Lead Company's Public Policy Effort in Southwest

AUSTIN, Tex. - Verizon today announced that Carl E. Erhart, currently vice president of regulatory and governmental affairs for Verizon's Southwest region, has been appointed president of that region, which now covers Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

In the nine-state region, Erhart will assume responsibility for Verizon's public policy, government and external affairs matters.

"Carl is driven to succeed in the public policy arena and in the marketplace," said Colleen McCloskey, Verizon senior vice president-state public policy and external affairs.  "His extensive government relations track record and financial background will serve him well in his new leadership role."

Erhart said, "The Southwest is a vibrantly competitive region, and I'm looking forward to tackling the opportunities and challenges facing Verizon in these nine states."

Erhart is a 24-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, having held positions at MCI, Contel, GTE and Verizon in accounting, finance, strategic planning, wireless, regulatory and governmental affairs.  He assumed his current position in May 2005.

Erhart holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a master's in business administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.  Erhart will continue to be located in Austin, Tex.

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 67 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 employed a diverse workforce of approximately 232,000 as of the end of the first quarter 2008 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.