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Virginia P. Ruestherholz

Former Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Verizon Communications Inc.

Virginia P. Ruesterholz, 56, served as Executive Vice President—Strategic Initiatives of Verizon Communications Inc. from January 1, 2012 until her retirement in July 2012. From 2009 to 2011, she was President of Verizon Services Operations, a $10 billion global shared-services business group with over 25,000 employees that operated Verizon’s wireline network as well as the finance operations, real estate and supply chain services that supported all Verizon companies. Prior to 2009, Ms. Ruesterholz served as President of Verizon Telecom from 2006, where she led the $30 billion wireline unit that served Verizon’s domestic consumer, general business and wholesale markets, and where she also oversaw the U.S. rollout of the high-speed fiber optic network known as Fios®. She joined New York Telephone (a predecessor to Verizon Communications) as a manager in 1984 and served in positions of increasing responsibility during her career there and in its successor companies, up to her retirement. She serves on the Board of Directors of Frontier Communications Corporation and The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. She is also Chair of the Board of Trustees at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Among other things, Ms. Ruesterholz brings to the Board extensive senior leadership experience at a global organization, as well as broad experience with the type of strategic, operational and financial matters a public company encounters while executing a transformational business plan. Ms. Ruesterholz was identified as a possible nominee by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, and recommended to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the full Board by him and non-management directors who know the nominee professionally.