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Hans Vestberg

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Hans Vestberg is chairman and chief executive officer of Verizon Communications, a leading provider of wireless, fiber-optic and global Internet networks and services. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in August 2018 and the role of Chairman in March 2019, Mr. Vestberg served as Verizon’s chief technology officer and president of Global Networks from 2017, with responsibility for further developing the architecture for Verizon’s fiber-centric networks. At Verizon, he has focused on delivering seamless experiences for customers over network assets consisting of the country’s leading 4G LTE network, the largest 5G test-bed in the U.S., the nation’s biggest residential fiber network, a global internet backbone and undersea cable network carrying much of the world’s internet traffic, and fiber assets in 45 of the top 50 markets in the U.S.

Before joining Verizon in April 2017, Vestberg served for six years as president and CEO of Ericsson, a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Sweden that provides 35 percent of the world’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network infrastructures.

For more than a decade after joining Ericsson in 1991, he gained broad international experience with leadership positions on four continents. He was instrumental in developing Ericsson’s industry-leading services organization, which grew three-fold during his five years of management. In 2007 he became Ericsson’s chief financial officer, and he was named CEO in 2009. As CEO, he led more than 115,000 employees as the company transformed from a focus on hardware to software and services.

Corporate and charitable leadership

Vestberg was a founding member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development, where he led climate-change and digital-health initiatives. He is past chairman of the Swedish Olympic Committee and a current member of the Leadership Council of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, where he helped author the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He is also vice chairman of Hexagon and a board member of the UN Foundation, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, and Childhood US (part of the Queen of Sweden’s World Childhood Foundation). Vestberg is a leading voice at industry conferences, including Mobile World Congress, Code/Mobile, and the Consumer Electronics Show. In 2014, he was ranked #10 on Global Telecoms Business’ list of the 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry.

Personal and educational background

Born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, Hans earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is married with two children and is fluent in Swedish, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He and his family live in New Jersey.

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Ronan Dunne

Executive Vice President
& CEO, Verizon Consumer Group

Ronan Dunne is executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group. He leads the teams responsible for providing wireline voice, data and TV products and services and wireless connected experiences to more than 100 million consumers every day. In addition, his teams are helping to build the first 5G technology network that will redefine how customers live, work and play.

Prior to this, Ronan was executive vice president and president of Verizon Wireless, responsible for all aspects of Wireless’ strategy, product development, marketing, operations, customer care and digital operations. He led the teams that provide products and communications services for consumer, business and government customers on the nation’s largest and most reliable network.

Ronan joined Verizon in 2016 as executive vice president and group president of Verizon Wireless. Under his leadership, Wireless continued its evolution and harnessed their network and competitive advantages to provide great customer experiences.

Before coming to Verizon, Ronan was chief executive officer of Telefónica UK (O2). While leading O2 UK, the largest wireless operator in the United Kingdom, he significantly improved its growth trajectory through market leadership in brand, customer satisfaction and loyalty. Ronan was previously O2’s chief financial officer in the UK, and prior to that, served as head of finance and deputy to the group chief financial officer of O2.

Prior to joining O2 in 2001, Ronan held senior positions in banking with Banque Nationale de Paris and in the corporate sector with Exel plc. and Waste Management International plc.

Corporate and charitable leadership

Dunne is a fellow and former council member of the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). Ronan is a Counsellor for the One Young World charity that brings together young leaders from around the world and empowers them to make lasting connections to create positive change.

Personal and educational background

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Ronan and his wife Elaine now reside in New Jersey. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys soccer, rugby, field hockey and traveling with his family.

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Tami Erwin

Executive Vice President
& CEO, Verizon Business Group

Tami Erwin is executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Business Group. She is widely recognized for her strategic impact, marketing and operations focus, technical savvy, and passion for people. As CEO of Verizon Business Group, a $30B+ business with over 26,000 employees that would be among the Fortune 30 if it was a separate entity, she and her teams deliver mission critical solutions to businesses worldwide and operates America’s most reliable wireless network and premier all-fiber network. Tami helps businesses, government, and communities connect to the global economy with intelligent edge solutions and prepare for digital transformation, innovation, and accelerated growth in the 5G era.

Throughout her Verizon career, Tami has earned a reputation for building a world-class culture of customer-centricity and business performance. Prior to being named CEO of Verizon Business Group, Tami played a crucial role in the evolution and growth of Verizon’s wireline and wireless business segments. She was the head of operations for Verizon Wireless, and led Verizon Fios, the nation’s largest residential and commercial fiber network. In those roles, she guided the growth of the company’s principal networks to record levels, delivering industry-leading experiences to consumer and business customers.

Tami is a brand builder known for competitive turnarounds and market-moving strategies. Earlier in her career, she was Chief Marketing Officer of Verizon Wireless. In that role, she launched the industry-shaping “Share Everything” pricing program, driving significant growth, and initiated a company-wide branding and culture transformation with the ultimate goal of positioning Verizon as a global leader in communications, entertainment and technology.

Corporate and charitable leadership

Tami leads by example in advocating for women, social fairness and equal opportunity. She is passionate about technology’s role in improving the ways that people live, learn, work and play. Tami is a champion of development and engagement programs for women in business and investment in STEM programs for students. Tami was the executive sponsor of Women of Wireless, the employee development program that due to its success, broadened into the global Women of the World initiative. The seven-month program inspires and advances Verizon’s future female leaders by developing self-leadership, effective communication, critical thinking, career ownership, and personal brand.

As the executive sponsor of Verizon’s Veterans employee resource group, Tami provides strategic oversight of the programs and resources the company provides to its more than 10,000 veterans, active reservists and military families. She champions Verizon's employee engagement with the military community through volunteerism partnerships like the Wounded Warrior Project, Carry the Load, Operation Gratitude, and the Medal of Honor Society. Tami is also active in Verizon’s Leadership Excellence Advancement Program and serves on the Paley Media Center Board of Trustees and the board of the Verizon Foundation. In addition, she is honored to have served as the vice chairman of Chrysalis in Phoenix and vice chair of CommNexus in San Diego.

Personal and educational background

Tami is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and attended Pacific Union College, majoring in Business Administration. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Tami and her husband Darrell have two adult children and now call New Jersey home.

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Matthew D. Ellis

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Ellis is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Verizon Communications, responsible for the company’s finance operations.

Prior to becoming Verizon’s CFO on November 1, 2016, Ellis was senior vice president and CFO - operations finance, responsible for providing financial support to the wireless and wireline business units. Before this, Ellis was senior vice president and treasurer for Verizon, responsible for corporate-wide financing, cash management, pension and insurance activities, and the Verizon Capital Group.

Ellis joined Verizon in 2013 after 15 years at Tyson Foods, Inc., most recently as vice president and treasurer responsible for financing, cash management, insurance and credit. Prior roles included vice president of finance (responsible for M&A activity, including transactions in China, Brazil and India), vice president, country manager with responsibility for all aspects of Tyson’s Mexico subsidiary, and other positions within finance and accounting.

Previously, he worked in England for Dixons Stores Group plc and Coopers & Lybrand where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Personal and educational background 

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He lives in New Jersey with his family.

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Guru Gowrappan

Executive Vice President
& CEO, Verizon Media Group

Guru Gowrappan serves as executive vice president & CEO of Verizon Media Group, a division of Verizon creating what’s next in content, advertising and technology. Verizon Media brands like Yahoo, TechCrunch and HuffPost help people stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and partners to connect.

Guru has an impressive track record of scaling mobile product and business operations during his more than 15 years in the internet industry. He brings a borderless, global mindset to his mission of accelerating growth for Verizon Media. 

Prior to joining Verizon Media, Guru was the Global Managing Director at the Alibaba Group, where he focused on international expansion for key consumer and enterprise products across commerce, entertainment & media, local services, payments and the company’s entire commerce-enabling stack.

Before his time as one of Alibaba’s foremost senior executives, Guru was COO at Quixey, where he led the Product, Business, and Marketing organizations. He was also previously COO for Growth and Emerging Initiatives at Zynga and shepherded the company through its IPO process with the management team while serving as Head of Zynga Japan.

Earlier in his career, Guru worked at Overture, where he helped define the multi-billion-dollar search marketing industry. As part of Yahoo, he held several leadership roles, including Global Head of Product, Program Management, and Operations.

Corporate and charitable leadership

Guru co-founded two Indian startups and remains an active startup advisor. He is also active in conservation, leading and supporting causes to preserve the environment.

Personal and educational background

He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and completed the Business Bridge Program with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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James J. Gerace

Chief Communications Officer

Jim Gerace is chief communications officer for Verizon, responsible for all external communications and media relations strategy and execution across the corporation, both domestic and international. He also handles corporate-wide issues management and executive and employee communications. 

Before assuming his current post in June 2013, Gerace served as vice president – state government affairs for the New York region for Verizon. He was responsible for the company’s corporate interests including public policy, government and external affairs, regulatory matters and philanthropy in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Gerace began his telecommunications career with NYNEX Mobile Communications in 1986 as manager of employee communications. At NYNEX Mobile, he held a variety of communications positions and was named director of public relations in 1991.

In 1995 he directed the announcement of the merger between Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile, then the largest merger in the wireless industry. He was named vice president – public relations and a member of the senior staff of the new business. In 2000, he directed the communications for the merger of Bell Atlantic Mobile and AirTouch that launched the Verizon Wireless brand.

Corporate and charitable leadership

Gerace is Vice Chairman of the board of Inroads of the New York/New Jersey Region, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and placing talented minority youth in business to prepare them for corporate and community leadership. Additionally, he is on the board of trustees of Catholic Charities of New York. He is also a past board member of the Business Council of New York State, Choose NJ and The Wireless Foundation. 

An advocate for domestic violence prevention, he is also past president of the board of Jersey Battered Women’s Service, a private, nonprofit agency that provides life-saving services to victims of domestic violence.

Personal and educational background

Jim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in New Jersey with his family.

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Rose Stuckey Kirk

Chief Corporate Social
Responsibility Officer

Rose Stuckey Kirk is chief corporate social responsibility officer for Verizon and a senior executive within the marketing organization where she oversees the strategic direction for all of Verizon’s social impact marketing activity. In addition, Rose is responsible for the company’s CSR investment strategy and programmatic buildout.

Rose’s background as a senior leader in various P&L functions has primed her to advance the social innovation work of Verizon. She has held numerous leadership positions in wholesale, operations, sales and customer service, product development and marketing. Additionally, she has served as lecturer, panelist and guest speaker on a host of topics including mobility in education, women in the workplace, and the role of corporations in creating a sustainable future.

Kirk is also an award-winning journalist and marketer and was the executive producer of the documentary Without A Net: The Digital Divide in America. 

Corporate and charitable leadership

Kirk is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Leader’s Forum. She also serves on the Ad Council’s Advisory Committee; the Advisory Board of Arkansas State University, and the Executive Leadership Council. She is also on the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees for Gill Saint Bernard’s School, a college preparatory institution, and is the recent past governance committee member and chair of the board of directors of Dress for Success Worldwide. 

Personal and educational background

Rose holds a BS in Journalism from Arkansas State University and is completing a Masters in International Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She and her husband, Robert, are the parents of two sons.

 
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Christy Pambianchi

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Christine M. Pambianchi is Verizon’s lead HR officer, managing all compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, training and labor relations functions for the nation’s leading provider of fiber-optic and global Internet networks and services. Prior to joining Verizon in July 2019, Christy was the Executive Vice President of People & Digital at Corning Incorporated. At Corning, she served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility including Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Division Vice President of Business Human Resources, and Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to working at Corning Incorporated, Christy worked at PepsiCo, Incorporated for ten years.

Corporate and charitable leadership

Christy serves as a director of the board of the Verizon Foundation. She also remains active at Cornell University as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and as a Board member for the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS). Christy is also a board member for the Lumina Foundation, a national foundation dedicated increasing the percentage of Americans with post-secondary education or credentials. She is an active supporter for FIRST Robotics, where she has also coached a team for five seasons. Christy has previously served on multiple school and arts center boards in her local community.

Personal and educational background

Christy holds a Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and lives in New Jersey with her spouse and four children. Christy was inducted as a fellow to the National Academy of Human Resources, recognizing her career contributions to the field of HR.

 

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Rima Qureshi

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Rima Qureshi is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon. She is responsible for development and implementation of Verizon's overall corporate strategy, business development, partnerships, strategic investments and acquisitions.

Before joining Verizon in November 2017, Qureshi was president and CEO of Ericsson North America.  She has extensive experience in successfully managing various business segments, including sales, product management, operations and research and development. She also has extensive experience in acquisitions and integration.

Before becoming president and CEO of Ericsson North America in 2016, she was Ericsson's chief strategy officer and head of mergers and acquisitions. Her more than two decades of leadership experience in the mobile communications industry include more than 15 years of global experience.

Qureshi joined Ericsson in 1993 and was a vice president there since 2000. In 2010 she was named senior vice president of Ericsson's CDMA Mobile Systems Group, and she assumed additional responsibilities as senior vice president of strategic projects in 2013. She also served as chairman of the Ericsson's Northern Europe, Russia;Central Asia group, and chairman of Ericsson's Modem division before becoming chief strategy officer.

Corporate and charitable leadership

Rima is currently a board member of MasterCard Incorporated and GSMA, the global telecom industry association. She also serves as an international advisory board member of McGill University.  She has significant experience working with the humanitarian sector and various United Nations agencies.

Personal and educational background

She earned both her undergraduate and master's degrees from McGill University in Montreal, and is fluent in both English and French.

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Kyle Malady

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Kyle Malady is executive vice president, global networks and chief technology officer. In this role he oversees the Global Network & Technology (GN&T) organization, responsible for building the Intelligent Edge Network (iEN), a fiber-based, multi-purpose network that serves all domestic Verizon customers, as well as the systems that support it. The iEN enables the country’s leading 4G LTE customer experience, the largest 5G test-bed, and the nation’s largest residential fiber broadband service. GN&T also supports Verizon’s global customers in over 145 countries through a vast international fiber network. Malady is also responsible for overseeing the execution of Verizon’s digital transformation of both customer and employee systems.

Previously, Kyle was head of the Core Engineering and Operations organization within GN&T. There he was responsible for the planning, design and operation of Verizon’s global voice, data and IP networks as well as the engineering and operation of the Intelligent Edge Network.

Kyle has also served as Verizon’s vice president of New Product Development, with responsibility for developing core technologies that enabled new products and services. Under his leadership, Verizon launched platforms such as VCast Music and Video, VZ Navigator, Push to Talk, VZ MobileWeb, the Verizon App Store and other platforms that served as the springboards for the next generation of wireless data services. He was instrumental in developing and commercializing 4G LTE.

Malady began his career in 1989 with NYNEX Mobile Communications, which became Bell Atlantic Mobile and turned into Verizon Wireless through mergers. During his tenure he has held a variety of positions in operations, planning, technology, engineering and finance.

Corporate and charitable leadership

Malady has served on various boards and committees including the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council. He is also involved with charitable causes that raise money to provide free cardiac surgeries for children in developing countries.

Personal and educational background

Kyle earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and a master’s of business administration in finance from New York University. Kyle is also an avid hockey player and fan and lives in New Jersey with his family.

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Craig Silliman

Executive Vice President and Chief administrative, legal and public policy officer

Craig Silliman is executive vice president and chief administrative, legal and public policy officer.  He is responsible for Verizon's supply chain, real estate, public policy, legal, regulatory and security groups.

Before assuming his current position in July 2019, Silliman was executive vice president for public policy and general counsel, responsible for leading the company's public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups. He has also served as senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, with responsibility for Verizon’s global public policy, federal and state legislative affairs, federal regulatory affairs, strategic alliances, national security, privacy and corporate citizenship.

He has served in a number of other senior management roles at Verizon, including senior vice president and general counsel for Verizon’s wireline consumer, business and wholesale groups globally, and senior vice president and deputy general counsel, with responsibility for antitrust, intellectual property, national security, privacy and strategic product support.

Prior to joining a Verizon predecessor company in 1997, Craig was an attorney in the international trade practice at Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott (now Kelley, Drye & Warren) in Washington, D.C. 

Corporate and charitable leadership

Since 2011, Craig has served on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He has also taught international telecommunications regulation as an adjunct professor at the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Personal and educational background

Craig earned his law degree from the University of Virginia and is a member of the bar in Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.  He is married with three sons and in his free time enjoys reading, cycling, traveling and vegetable gardening.

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Diego Scotti

Executive Vice President
and Chief Marketing Officer

Diego Scotti is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Communications. He is responsible for linking the innovations of the company’s product team to the customer-focused operations of the business units to build the Verizon global brand, create consumer awareness and advocacy, and drive customer preference for the brand through all channels, every day.

In this role, Scotti oversees the global management of Verizon’s brand, including consumer insights, digital marketing, creative development and agency management, marketing effectiveness, social responsibility, sponsorships, media and employee communications. Given the demonstrated power of big data and digital marketing, Scotti also oversees the leveraging of Verizon’s current capabilities to help build its global brand.

Scotti joined Verizon in October 2014 to take on the newly created chief marketing role. He previously served as the chief marketing officer of J. Crew, and before that oversaw 20 print and digital media brands at Conde Nast Publications. He also worked as the head of global advertising and brand management at American Express.

Corporate and charitable leadership

Scotti was recognized as one of the “Marketing Top 40 under 40” by Advertising Age in 2007 and was one of 21 marketers named as “Internationalists” by International Magazine in 2012. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ANA and Ad Council.

Personal and educational background

A native of Argentina, Scotti earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising and marketing communications from the University of Management and Social Sciences in Buenos Aires. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two sons.

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Directors

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