News Release

Jim McGean Named President Georgia Region for Verizon Wireless

New President Brings Wealth of Regional Knowledge to Position

October 16, 2000

Liz Bohannon
Verizon Wireless
(404) 845-8098
Liz.Bohannon1@verizonwireless.com

Kim Krug
communications 21
(404) 814-1330
kkrug@c21pr.com

ATLANTA — Jim McGean has been named president - Georgia Region for Verizon Wireless, announced Jack Plating, president - Southeast Area. McGean was formerly the director - Integration Management for Verizon Wireless.

In his new role, McGean will be responsible for the region's retail, indirect and business sales functions, marketing, finance and operations. His experience in the wireless industry spans 13 years and includes product and pricing management, retail distribution, market development and operations. He has held positions of increasing responsibility, including director-Retail Distribution, director-Strategic Marketing and regional manager-Marketing and Distribution, with GTE Wireless prior to its merger with Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular and PrimeCo Personal Communications to become Verizon Wireless.

McGean received his bachelor's degree from Emory University in economics. He later earned his master's degree from Georgia State University in finance. He currently lives in Dunwoody with his family.

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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