News Release

Steve Zipperstein Appointed General Counsel for Verizon Wireless

January 13, 2004

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4824

Nancy Stark
Nancy.Stark@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-6762

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless announced today that Steven E. Zipperstein has been named Vice President-Legal & External Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary, succeeding S. Mark Tuller, who is retiring. In this position, Zipperstein is responsible for the company's legal, regulatory, compliance, and federal and state public policy matters.

Zipperstein served as deputy general counsel for Verizon Communications since June 2000, and previously as deputy general counsel for GTE Corporation.

Before joining GTE in 1997, Zipperstein served as Chief Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles and held a variety of positions at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. in the first Bush and Clinton administrations.

Zipperstein also taught for several years as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He began his legal career with Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley in downtown Los Angeles in 1983.

Zipperstein earned his juris doctor degree from the University of California at Davis and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 36 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com.

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