Bruce Gordon Announces Retirement from Verizon After 35-Year Career

Dec 04, 2003, 00:00 ET from Verizon

    NEW YORK, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Bruce Gordon, president of Retail Markets
 in Verizon's Domestic Telecom unit, has announced his retirement from the
 company, effective December 31, capping a 35-year career.  As head of Retail
 Markets, Gordon, 57, is responsible for the company's consumer and
 small-business sales and marketing units, Verizon Online and DSL sales and
 marketing, as well as corporate advertising and brand management.
     "Bruce's outstanding marketing and leadership skills have had an enormous
 impact on this business," said Larry Babbio, president of Domestic Telecom.
 "He has led the introduction of innovative bundles and packages to the mass
 market, while, at the same time, building the number one brand in
 communications.  He's made lasting contributions to this company, and, more
 importantly, to the lives of countless people with whom he's worked over the
     Gordon began his career in 1968 at Bell of Pennsylvania as a management
 trainee in the Consumer Sales organization.  He advanced through assignments
 in Personnel, Operations and Sales and Marketing, and at the time of the Bell
 Atlantic/GTE merger in July 2000, he was named president of the Retail Markets
 Group.  Gordon also has been a leader in many community and non-profit
 organizations, including serving on the board of the Executive Leadership
 Council, the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Lincoln Center and the Advertising
 Council Inc.
     In July 2002, Fortune magazine named Gordon to its "50 Most Powerful Black
 Executives" list, and he was previously listed in Black Enterprise magazine as
 "1998 Executive of the Year."  He is a member of the board of Office Depot,
 The Southern Company, Bartech Personnel Services and Tyco International Ltd.
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 world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately
 $67 billion in revenues.  Verizon companies are the largest providers of
 wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with more than 139
 million access line equivalents and 36 million Verizon Wireless customers.
 Verizon is the third largest long-distance carrier for U.S. consumers, with
 nearly 16 million long-distance lines.  The company is also the largest
 directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and
 circulation.  Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless
 communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and
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