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IDG'S Computerworld Recognizes Verizon Wireless CIO As One Of Its 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders

Ajay Waghray Cited for Excellence in Information Technology Leadership

December 10, 2007

Tom Pica
Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7516

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — IDG's Computerworld magazine has recognized Verizon Wireless' Chief Information Officer Ajay Waghray as one of Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders in its annual survey released today.

Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders honors one hundred IT executives who have led their organizations by mentoring and motivating employees; envisioning innovative solutions to business challenges; and effectively managing and executing IT strategies. Waghray will be recognized at Computerworld's upcoming Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference held March 9-11, 2008, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference involves companies across all industries, as well as government and educational organizations.

Waghray was selected from hundreds of IT leaders nationwide, who were measured against Computerworld's IT Leadership Index, a set of characteristics that describes executives who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations, and evaluated by the editors and by a panel of outside judges. The candidates were asked about a range of topics, including their backgrounds, work experiences, special accomplishments and leadership styles.

At Verizon Wireless, Waghray is responsible for the company's information technology strategy, systems portfolio development and operation of all supporting infrastructure.

"This year's class of Honorees is characterized by a diversity that demonstrates the value of unique backgrounds and approaches in building an outstanding IT organization. Yet what these individuals have in common is an expertise born of hard work and an intangible leadership quality they can tap to successfully champion IT not only as a business enabler, but as a business influencer," said Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief, Computerworld. "The professionals honored in Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders Awards Program, and by extension the organizations they represent, are clearly mindful of their role and obligation as leaders of the global IT community. Their willingness to brave the scrutiny of the limelight as they share their experiences with their peers has won our respect, appreciation, and deep admiration."

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 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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