Sunday, February 15, 2004

Anthony A. Lewis has been selected to take the lead at Verizon’s Washington subsidiary after the retirement of President Marie C. Johns.

Mr. Lewis, 39, will become the president next month. He is the executive director for regulatory business planning at Verizon Communications Inc., the New York parent company and telecommunications provider with $68 billion in annual revenues.

Verizon Washington D.C. has 500,000 telephone and Internet customers in the District. Verizon has a separate subsidiary for its wireless business.

“This job is something I’ve been preparing for all my life, and it is an honor to be following behind Marie,” Mr. Lewis said.

Mr. Lewis will oversee Verizon Washington’s daily operations, which include financial, marketing and regulatory issues.

He started in the telecommunications industry in 1986, when he joined the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. as a group manager in the operator-services department. He since has moved through several positions in the industry, including roles in product-line management, traffic engineering, sales and regulatory affairs.

In his current position, Mr. Lewis said, he acts as a translator between Verizon’s business units and regulatory agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission. “I’ve been able to learn how the various businesses are trying to market their products and how that fits into current regulatory policies,” he said.

Mr. Lewis plans to build upon Ms. Johns’ work while promoting the company as a global communicator, highlighting features such as Wi-Fi, instant messaging and broadband services.

“This industry is much different than what it was even five years ago, but I feel my solid background in the industry will help me meet the challenge of constant change,” he said.

Colleen A. McCloskey, Verizon Communications’ senior vice president for state public policy and external affairs, said Mr. Lewis’ strong relationships with the surrounding local communities, city governments and regulatory agencies would help cement Verizon’s place in the D.C. market.

“He has really impressed me and everyone he has worked with,” she said.

Mr. Lewis is relocating to the District.

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