Verizon Wireless Appoints Leigh Anne Lanier As Director - National Retail For The Carolinas/Tennessee Region

GREENVILE, S.C. — Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network*, is proud to announce that Leigh Anne Lanier was recently named Director-National Retail for the Carolinas/Tennessee Region. With over fourteen years in the wireless telecommunications industry, Lanier comes to Verizon as a result of the recent merger with Alltel. In her new role, Lanier will oversee all Verizon Wireless operations in national retail outlets such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy and BJs throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“Leigh Anne joins our company at a very exciting time in the company’s history,” said Jerry Fountain, president of Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tennessee Region. “She brings enthusiasm and drive to her work as well as a rich history in the wireless industry. The integration of Verizon Wireless and Alltel has given us the opportunity to bring together the very best of both teams, and Leigh Anne represents that quality and excellence.”

Lanier is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is actively involved in Raleigh, NC where she will reside. She works with the triangle chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Alzheimer’s based in eastern North Carolina and the SPCA of Wake County. In 2008, the Business Leader Magazine of the Triangle recognized Lanier as a “Mover and Shaker,” and Southwest Airlines named Lanier the 2005 “Woman of the Year.”

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