Verizon Communications President and Chief Operating Officer Dennis F. Strigl today informed the Board of Directors that he intends to retire from the company by the end of 2009, after 41 years in the communications industry.

Strigl is responsible for the operations of Verizon’s network-based businesses – Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business.  He served as president and CEO of Verizon Wireless until assuming his current role in 2007.

Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan G. Seidenberg called Strigl’s contributions to Verizon and the communications industry "legendary." He said: "Denny has been a major force in the transformation of Verizon, positioning the company to lead in all of our strategic growth areas."

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