Verizon Names Torod Neptune as Vice President of Communications, Products and Services

Verizon has named Torod Neptune as vice president of communications, products and services. He will lead strategy and implementation for Verizon's telecom and business product lines, and will be a key part of the communications leadership on issues and initiatives affecting the company.

Neptune, who will report to Peter Thonis, Verizon chief communications officer, will join Verizon effective May 1.   

Neptune has a multifaceted background in corporate and public affairs. Most recently, he was senior vice president and global public affairs practice leader for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, one of the world's largest public relations and communications firms. In that role, he led efforts to develop industry-leading communications campaigns for a variety of clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia, in the technology, financial services, health care and energy industries. He also oversaw the company's Washington, D.C., and Brussels offices, its global public affairs, crisis and issues management practices, and managed several client relationships.

Prior to that role, Neptune led development of an institutionwide crisis communications and response capability for the U.S. House of Representatives, as part of the office of the chief administrative officer.  He also served for six years in a variety of senior communications, media relations and public affairs roles at Bank of America Corp., including ultimately serving as senior vice president of corporate affairs.

Neptune began his career as a reporter with The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., and has a B.A. in government and international relations from the University of South Carolina. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Lagrant Foundation, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation and the Corporation for Enterprise Development.

He will be based at the Verizon Center in Basking Ridge, N.J.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: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 91 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.