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June 24, 2013

Verizon Names Leecia Eve to Lead Company’s Public Policy Initiatives in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey

Former New York Economic Development Leader Will Oversee Government and External Affairs Matters in the Three States 
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NEW YORK – Verizon announced on Monday (June 24) that Leecia Eve, the deputy secretary for economic development for New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has been named vice president of government affairs for Verizon’s tri-state region.

She will join Verizon on July 15 and succeeds Jim Gerace, who has been named Verizon’s chief communications officer.

As vice president for the region, Eve will represent Verizon on a variety of matters, including public policy, government and external affairs, and regulatory matters.

“Leecia has a wealth of knowledge in the public policy and governmental worlds,” said Randy Milch, Verizon executive vice president for public policy and general counsel.  “Verizon will benefit from her broad experience and extensive public service.  We have worked with Leecia on numerous occasions to help cultivate and spur economic activity in New York, and we share a sense of urgency in responding to the challenges of leveraging Verizon’s innovative technologies and the ecosystems they enable across the region to help propel the next generation of growth for our communities.”

As the deputy secretary for economic development for New York, Eve was Cuomo’s chief economic development adviser.  She focused on leveraging the state’s resources to attract new investment in strategic industries and critical infrastructure through public-private partnerships, bringing new businesses to New York, and helping New York’s businesses strengthen and expand. 

She previously served in the Cuomo administration as executive vice president and general counsel of Empire State Development, New York’s primary economic development agency. 

Among her prior roles, Eve served as counsel and homeland security adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was a U.S. senator and as counsel to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. when he was a senator and the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  She also served as vice president for policy of the No Limits Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that promoted economic issues at home and abroad and advocated for transforming American foreign policy around the world, including advancing the rights of women.

Eve began her legal career as law clerk to New York State Court of Appeals Judge Fritz W. Alexander II.  She practiced at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and was elected partner of the law firm of Hodgson Russ in Buffalo.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, a Master of Public Health degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a law degree from the Harvard Law School.

She is lifelong member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo. She has served on the board of directors of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society. She is a former vice president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and is a member of Buffalo Chapter of The LINKS Incorporated and of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 99 million retail connections nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 181,900.  For more information, visit about.verizon.com.

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