News Release

Jerald M. Fountain is Named Vice President for Bell Atlantic Mobile's Southeast Region

July 6, 1998

Julie Horton
864-271-0500

GREENVILLE, SC — Jerald M. Fountain has been named Vice President of Bell Atlantic Mobile's Southeast Region. Fountain will be responsible for an extensive wireless communications network and retail store channel for the region, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Prior to his new appointment, Fountain served as regional Vice President of Bell Atlantic Mobile's Pittsburgh market, a position he had held since 1992. "Jerry has done an impressive job of growing our customer base in the western Pennsylvania market, even in the face of some of the stiffest competition our company has seen," said Jack Plating, executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer of Bell Atlantic Mobile. "I'm extremely happy that Jerry is eager to build on his success in his new region."

Fountain will lead more than 725 employees in the Southeast region.

Fountain began his career in the telecommunications industry as a sales associate for Motorola in 1978 and later moved to Metromedia Paging Services, where he was the company's Washington, DC, sales manager. In 1985, he became general sales manager for A Cellular Company, which was purchased by Bell Atlantic in 1986. Fountain served in a number of Bell Atlantic Mobile sales positions in the Washington area before eventually being promoted to director of sales and operations in that market. Fountain earned a degree in business administration from the University of Maryland in 1978.

Editor's Note: Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East, covering 112,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 5.5 million customers and 7,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work..." community relations program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments spanning Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com; on global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.

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