Verizon Taps Senior FBI Leader as New Chief Security Officer

Sep 11, 2007, 01:00 ET from Verizon Communications Inc.

    NEW YORK, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:  
 VZ) today named Michael A. Mason, currently the executive assistant
 director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to be the company's new
 chief security officer. In his current position at the FBI, Mason is in
 charge of the Bureau's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch -- the
 largest unit in the FBI.
     The appointment will be effective in January following Mason's planned
 retirement from the FBI. He will replace Jim Trainor, who announced his
 intention to retire from Verizon at the end of this year.
     Mason will report directly to Verizon Executive Vice President and
 General Counsel Bill Barr and will work closely with the senior management
 team. As CSO, Mason will oversee and coordinate global security efforts
 throughout Verizon and all its business units, including enterprisewide
 security strategy and programs, physical security, cyber security and
 law-enforcement security matters.
     "Mike brings to Verizon more than 20 years' experience in all aspects
 of law enforcement and security," Barr said. "He has distinguished himself
 as a supervisor in FBI field operations and as an executive proficient at
 developing strategies to address critical criminal and security issues.
 We're delighted that he will be joining Verizon, and I look forward to
 working closely with him."
     Mason began his career with the FBI in 1985. He served in numerous
 management and executive management positions, including assistant director
 in charge of the Washington field office -- the Bureau's second largest
 office -- and acting executive assistant director of headquarters
 administration. Most recently, he supervised the Criminal and Cyber
 divisions, the Office of International Operations (which includes 59
 overseas offices), the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group and the
 Office of Law Enforcement Coordination.
     Mason also served from 1980-1985 in the United States Marine Corps,
 where he achieved the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor's degree in
 accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University and in 2004 received the
 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service at the FBI.
     Upon joining Verizon, he will be based in Basking Ridge, N.J.
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