Verizon Wireless Names Jeff Mango President Of Georgia/Alabama Region

ALPHARETTA, GA — Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation's most reliable wireless network, announced today that Jeff Mango has been named president of Verizon Wireless Georgia/Alabama Region effective January 1, 2007. Mango, returning to Georgia from Colorado where he most recently was president of the company's Mountain Region, will oversee sales, customer service operations and marketing for both Georgia and Alabama. Mango will report to former region president Jim McGean, who was recently named president of the South Area for Verizon Wireless, responsible for operations in the Houston/Gulf Coast area, Central Texas, Florida, Carolinas/Tennessee and Georgia/Alabama regions.

"Jeff has a long history with Verizon Wireless, including here in Georgia and Alabama. It's great to have him 'home' and we are confident he'll lead this region to continued exponential growth and success," said McGean.

Mango has over 12 years experience in the wireless industry. Prior to his role in the Verizon Wireless Mountain Region, Mango previously served as Executive Director of Retail Sales and Operations for Verizon Wireless in the New York Metro Region where he was responsible for managing the operations and sales of the retail distribution. He joined the wireless industry in 1994 as a Retail Sales Representative and later held a variety of sales management positions, including Regional Director at Bell Atlantic Mobile in Philadelphia and Director of Sales and Operations in Georgia and Alabama. A two-time Verizon Wireless President's Cabinet award honoree, he also served as lead executive for the Verizon Wireless New York City Crisis Management Team.

"I am thrilled to be back in the south and specifically in the Georgia and Alabama region," said Mango. "There is amazing growth happening in both states. Verizon Wireless is poised to continue leading the wireless expansion in Georgia and Alabama and to offer our growing customer base the best network, innovative devices and services and outstanding customer service."

Mango earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sales and Meeting Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. During his tenure in Colorado, Mango was very involved in the community including his recent election to the board of directors for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, active leadership and participation with the Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the President's Steering Committee at the Johnson & Wales University Colorado campus. In addition he led several community outreach efforts both in Colorado and during his previous time in Georgia including Habitat for Humanity. He and his family are in the process of relocating to Atlanta, GA.

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About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.  To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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