News Release

Verizon Wireless Names Jack Plating Chief Operating Officer

Jim McGean Succeeds Plating as South Area President; Mike Lanman Becomes Chief Marketing Officer

December 19, 2006

Nancy Stark
Nancy.Stark@verizonwireless.com
908-559-7520
908-229-4499 wireless

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Jack Plating has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation's most reliable wireless network, effective January 1, 2007. Plating, currently president of the company's South Area, will oversee the company's nationwide sales and customer service operations, product development and marketing.

Plating will report to Lowell McAdam, who was recently named president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless.

"Jack has been a key player in Verizon Wireless' growth and performance since the company was launched more than six years ago," McAdam said. "His leadership, operational expertise and focus on delivering a superior customer experience have helped Verizon Wireless achieve industry leading results in a highly competitive environment."

Jim McGean, president of the company's Georgia Region, will succeed Plating as president of the South Area. He will be responsible for operations in the Houston/Gulf Coast area, Central Texas, Florida, and the Carolinas/Tennessee and Georgia/Alabama regions.

Verizon Wireless also named Mike Lanman, currently president of Verizon Wireless' Florida Region, vice president and chief marketing officer, succeeding John Stratton who will become executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Verizon. Lanman will report to Plating and oversee the company's market strategy and segmentation, pricing, product management, wireless device procurement, brand management and marketing communications.

Successors to McGean and Lanman will be named shortly.

As previously announced, Verizon recently named Verizon Wireless President Denny Strigl president and chief operating officer of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a new position reporting to Verizon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ivan Seidenberg, effective January 1, 2007. Strigl will have responsibility for the operations of all Verizon's network-based businesses — Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business — as well as Verizon Services Organization, which provides financial, real estate and other functional services to all of the company's operations. He also will remain a member of the Verizon Wireless Board of Directors.

Lowell McAdam, executive vice president and chief operating officer, was named president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, succeeding Strigl. Separately, Verizon named John Stratton, currently vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief marketing officer, responsible for the marketing and brand initiatives of all Verizon's business units. McAdam and Stratton will report to Strigl in their new positions.

Editors: High resolution photos of current Verizon Wireless executives may be downloaded by visiting www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

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