News Release

Local New Jersey Resident Named One Of Best 50 Women In Business

van derValk to be Honored at March 19 Awards Ceremony

March 11, 2007

Howard Waterman
Howard.Waterman@VerizonWireless.com
973-656-7370 (office)
917-359-5505 (mobile)

Kimberly Ancin
kimberly.ancin@vivianipr.com  
845-429-3839

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Morris County resident Melanie van derValk, vice president of marketing and sales operations for Verizon Wireless' Northeast Area, has been named one of New Jersey's Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, New Jersey's principal business news publication.

van derValk, of Denville, was nominated for the award for outstanding leadership, exceptional teamwork, dedicated community service and impact on the customer experience. She leads the Verizon Wireless team responsible for the company's industry-leading customer acquisition and retention rates, as well as its "reliable network" advertising campaign.

The Best 50 Women in Business award program honors New Jersey's most dynamic and distinguished women business leaders. The award highlights their contributions to business and the community, and recognizes the impact they have in creating jobs in the state.

"We are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to congratulate this outstanding group of women," said David A. Shankweiler, CEO of Journal Publications, parent company of NJBIZ. "As business and community leaders, they are constantly redefining success within and outside the business arena."

vanderValk will be honored at an awards ceremony on Monday, March 19, 2007, at The Palace in Somerset, NJ. In addition, all 50 winners will be profiled in a special supplement to NJBIZ on March 26, 2007.

The award program is sponsored by NJBIZ, Wachovia Bank, WithumSmith+Brown, and Morgan Lewis & Boyden Global Executive Search. An independent panel of judges selected the top 50 candidates for the award based on each individual's dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement and advocacy for women in business.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 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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