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Verizon Appoints New Head Lobbyist for New York and Connecticut

Phillip Dampier April 8, 2010 Astroturf, Public Policy & Gov't, Verizon No Comments


The former head of corporate communications for Verizon Wireless will now serve as head lobbyist for Verizon Communications’ New York and Connecticut region.

As president of the New York region, Jim Gerace will be responsible for Verizon’s corporate interests — including public policy, government and external affairs, regulatory matters and philanthropy — in New York and Connecticut.

Gerace began his wireless communications career with NYNEX Mobile Communications in 1986 as a manager in employee communications.  He went on to serve in a variety of communications positions and was named director-public relations in 1991.

In 1995, he directed the announcement of the merger between Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile, then the largest merger in the wireless industry, and was named vice president- public relations and a member of the senior staff of the new business.  In 2000, he directed the communications for the merger of Bell Atlantic Mobile and AirTouch, which launched the Verizon Wireless brand.

Verizon has a track record of signing up non-profit groups to support its telecommunications causes.  In addition to providing corporate executives for board positions of various community service groups, Verizon financially supports a wide range of not for profit groups, many of which later turn up writing letters of support in favor of Verizon’s policy positions.

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