LONG ISLAND, NY -- Virginia Ruesterholz has been named as vice president and general manager of the NYNEX Long Island Market Area.
She replaces John Lack, who has been named chief operating officer of Excelcomindo, a new joint venture through which NYNEX has teamed up with strategic partners to provide nationwide digital cellular telephone service in Indonesia.
In her new position, Ruesterholz is responsible for providing all customer services to a wide cross section of large and small businesses, in addition to more than one million residence customers.
Prior to this new position, Ruesterholz was vice president and general manager for NYNEX's Southern Manhattan Market Area.
Recruited by New York Telephone in 1984, Ruesterholz joined the company's executive development program, and quickly rose through the management ranks in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility.
In one of her early assignments, she created the companys first computer software program that facilitated daily installation and repair of data services to NYNEX's largest telecommunications customers.
In 1994, Ms. Ruesterholz became the youngest person ever to hold the senior management position of vice president and general manager.
Earlier this year, she received the 40 Under 40 award from Crains New York Business, which recognizes 40 top New York executives under the age of 40. She is the first recipient of the Rising Star Award from the New York Womens Agenda, and also was a member of the New York City Chamber of Commerces Womens Business Council.
Ms. Ruesterholz received her degree in chemical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and holds a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Last month, she received the Stevens Institute of Technology Honor Award from the Stevens Alumni Association.
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