Poly Alumnus & President of Verizon Telecom, Virginia Ruesterholz, Talks About Bright Futures for Poly Grads

Alumni Speaker Series Presents:

The Evolving Telecom Landscape

Presented by
Virginia P. Ruesterholz
President, Verizon Telecom

Monday, October 30, 2006
2 p.m.
Dibner Auditorium

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Virginia P. Ruesterholz is president of Verizon Telecom, responsible for sales, customer service, operations and IT for the consumer, general business and domestic wholesale markets. Ruesterholz is also responsible for transforming Verizon’s infrastructure through deployment of the fiber network that delivers integrated voice, data and video services.

Previously, Ruesterholz was president of Verizon Partner Solutions, responsible for Verizon's wholesale business, including marketing, sales, provisioning and maintenance.

Ruesterholz joined New York Telephone as a manager in 1984. Since then she has had increasingly responsible assignments in operations, sales and customer service. In 1993, she was named market area vice president and general manager for service delivery and field operations supporting consumer and business customers. After the Bell Atlantic/NYNEX merger, Ruesterholz was named vice president – Complex Installation and Maintenance for Network Services and, later, vice president – Operations Assurance. After the Bell Atlantic/GTE merger, Ruesterholz was named senior vice president of Wholesale Markets and led efforts for approval to enter the long-distance market.

Ruesterholz is a recipient of Crain’s New York Business prestigious “40 Under 40” award and the New York Women’s Agenda inaugural “Rising Star Award.” She is a member of the Business and Technology Board at Stevens Institute of Technology and chairs the Edwin A. Stevens Society. Most recently, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Theater Club.

Ruesterholz graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering in 1983. She earned an M.S. in Telecommunications Management from Polytechnic University in 1991.

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