Ivan Seidenberg is the former chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications Inc.
His telecommunications career began more than 40 years ago when he joined New York Telephone, one of Verizonâ€™s predecessor companies, as a cable splicerâ€™s assistant. He went on to lead Verizon from its inception in 2000, first as co-Chief Executive Officer, then as sole CEO, and then as CEO and chairman. He transformed Verizon into a premier global network company by building a nationwide wireless network, deploying high-speed fiber broadband direct to homes, and expanding Verizonâ€™s global Internet backbone network around the world.
Seidenberg stepped down as CEO in July 2011 and continued to serve as chairman and as a member of the Verizon Board of Directors through December 2011 when he retired from the company. Effective Aug. 1, 2011, Lowell McAdam, former President and COO of Verizon Communications, succeeded Seidenberg as CEO.
Previously, Seidenberg was chairman and CEO of Verizonâ€™s predecessor companies, NYNEX and Bell Atlantic.