Verizon Wireless Names Russ Preite President Of Upstate New York Region

ROCHESTER, NY — Verizon Wireless announced today that Russ Preite has been named president of the company’s Upstate New York Region. He replaces Marquett Smith who has been named vice president of Corporate Communications for Verizon Wireless.

As regional president, Preite will set the company’s strategic direction and direct its sales, operations, financial performance and the customer experience in Upstate New York.

Preite returns to Upstate New York from the company’s Philadelphia Tri-State Region where he was director of Retail Sales, overseeing all store sales and operations for central, northeastern and southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Previously, he served as associate director of Business Sales, director of Data Sales and director of Business Sales in Upstate New York. Prior to those assignments he served as manager of Business Sales for the company’s New England Region. He began his career with Verizon Wireless in September 2000 as an account executive in New England.

Preite attended Rhode Island College where he majored in business administration.

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