News Release

Verizon Wireless Names Suskind Regional Executive Director of Sales

October 16, 2000

Diane Buben
Tierney Communications
(215) 790-4385

Philadelphia, PA — The nation's largest wireless communications provider, Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile, recently named Jeff Suskind regional executive director of sales for Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-state region. Suskind brings more than ten years of wireless industry experience to this position, overseeing one of the most competitive wireless markets in the United States.

As executive director of sales, Suskind will oversee business-to-business, corporate, national and major account sales throughout Philadelphia and its suburbs, the Lehigh Valley, the state of Delaware and southern New Jersey.

Prior to this position, Suskind held a variety of positions with GTE Wireless, which is now a part of Verizon Wireless. Most recently, he was area general manager for GTE Wireless' Inland Northwest market, based in Spokane, Washington. In this role he was responsible for all sales, distribution and marketing activities for the Inland Northwest area, including Spokane and Northern Idaho. He also held the position of manager, distribution and sales support, for GTE Wireless, and was responsible for process management of sales activities throughout all distribution channels.

He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Rowan University.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp --now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The new company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.

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