Mr. Seidenberg is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Communications Inc. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer from April 2002 to December 2003. Mr. Seidenberg was a director of NYNEX Corporation from 1991 to 1997. Chairperson of the Audit Committee.
Seidenberg has led Verizon since its inception, first as co-CEO in 2000, then as sole CEO since 2002 and chairman of the board since 2004. Verizon now operates an advanced global Internet backbone, a premier national wireless network and – with the company’s deployment of its high-speed, fiber-optic FiOS technology - a next-generation broadband network. Verizon’s leadership in network innovation has earned the company numerous citations and awards, including being named to the BusinessWeek 50, which represents the "best in class" from each sector of the S&P 500.
Prior to the creation of Verizon, Seidenberg was chairman and CEO of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX. He began his communications career more than 40 years ago as a cable splicer's assistant and has held numerous operations and engineering assignments, including various leadership positions at NYNEX and Bell Atlantic.
In June 2009, Seidenberg was elected chairman of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. Previously, he had chaired the Roundtable’s Consumer Health and Retirement Initiative. Also in 2009, he became a member of the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences. In 2007, President George W. Bush named Seidenberg to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, which advises the president on communications issues related to national security, emergency preparedness and the protection of critical infrastructure. Seidenberg also serves on the board of trustees of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The New York Hall of Science, Pace University and the Paley Center for Media.
A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, and a master’s degree in business administration and marketing from Pace. He and his wife, Phyllis, have two adult children and reside in New York.