News Release

Verizon Wireless Names New Upstate New York Regional President

Marquett Smith to Direct Wireless Strategy, Operations and Distribution Expansion, Customer Experience

February 19, 2007

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264Meredith Dropkin
meredithd@mragroup.com  
315-233-3000

ROCHESTER, NY — Verizon Wireless has appointed Marquett Smith president of the company's Rochester-based Upstate New York region. He replaces Ken Dixon, who has been named president of the company's New England region.

As regional president, Smith will set the company's strategic direction and direct its wireless network expansion, customer service and sales efforts in Upstate New York. He will also oversee the company's distribution strategy, including the expansion of its company-owned stores, and the customer experience.

Smith has been with Verizon Wireless since 2002, serving in various sales and customer service management positions. For the past two years, Smith served as staff vice president of national customer service operations for the company.

"Marquett's exceptionally strong sales, operations and customer service background will greatly benefit our customers in Upstate New York," said Rick Conrad, Verizon Wireless' Northeast Area president.

As staff vice president of customer service operations, Smith oversaw the company's national customer service operations, including the development of comprehensive strategies and support policies, coordination of initiatives across the company, and oversight of data and technical support operations. Prior to that, Smith served as director of store sales and operations in the Washington/Baltimore/Virginia region, and was previously director of the company's customer service center in Laurel, MD.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Radford University and completed the Executive Management Program at MIT Sloan School of Management.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 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 65,000 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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