Veteran Bell Atlantic Spokesperson Retires
Risoldi Ends 36-Year Career; Pittsburgh Native Steps In
October 16, 1997
PITTSBURGH - Shirley Risoldi, spokesperson for Bell Atlantic in
western Pennsylvania since 1989, has announced her retirement,
effective Oct. 15. Her responsibilities are being assumed by Sharon
Shaffer, currently media relations manager for southeastern and
northeastern Pennsylvania. Shaffer now is the primary Bell Atlantic
news media contact in Pennsylvania.
"Shirley Risoldi has been an excellent voice and face of Bell Atlantic
in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area," said Dan Whelan, Bell
Atlantic-Pennsylvania president and CEO. "We will miss Shirley's
talent and energy, and we wish her all the best.
"Sharon Shaffer brings a proven ability to meet the needs of the press
in her present position, and she'll work very well with the western
Pennsylvania media," he added.
Risoldi's retirement concludes a 36-year Bell Atlantic career that
spanned a time of tremendous change in the telecommunications
industry. A native of Honolulu, she began her telephone career as a
customer service representative for the Hawaiian Telephone Co. before
taking a similar position with C&P Telephone in Alexandria, Va.
Risoldi moved to Pittsburgh in 1963 and held a number of assignments
in the public relations department at Bell of Pennsylvania before
becoming Bell Atlantic's western Pennsylvania spokesperson.
Risoldi will join her husband Matt at their home in Ocala, Fla.
A Pittsburgh native, Shaffer's Bell Atlantic career began in Bell of
Pennsylvania's outside plant engineering department. She left the
company to pursue personal and other business interests, moving to
eastern Pennsylvania. Shaffer returned to Bell Atlantic in
Philadelphia in 1979, where she worked in operations, product
management and regulatory affairs before joining the public relations
department. Shaffer was named Bell Atlantic spokesperson in
Philadelphia in 1987.
Shaffer will maintain offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
The new Bell Atlantic (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, information and entertainment industry. With 40
million telephone access lines and 5.5 million wireless customers
worldwide, the corporation -- formed through the merger of Bell
Atlantic and NYNEX -- is the premier provider of advanced wireline
voice and data services in the eastern United States and a market
leader in wireless services. Bell Atlantic also is the world's
largest provider of directory information and one of the world's
largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with
operations and investments in 21 countries.