Chris Formant Joins Verizon to Lead Enterprise Business

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Enterprise IT Expert Focuses on Strategic Services: Cloud, Managed Security and Professional Services

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- John Stratton, Verizon executive vice president and president of the company's wireline organization, has named Christopher Formant as president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

In his role, Formant is responsible for delivering business solutions to Verizon's global enterprise clients in key industries: healthcare and insurance; financial services; technology; manufacturing, distribution, automotive and distribution; retail; energy and utilities; and the public sector. He leads a team driving sales, operations and marketing of the company's strategic solutions in intelligent networking, dynamic cloud, mobile workforce, connected machines, security and professional service engagements.

Formant's background combines a unique blend of enterprise, early-stage company and global-business consulting experience. He was most recently senior vice president and president of Avaya Government Solutions and Avaya Professional Services. At Avaya, he was also president of Global Services, where he led a major business turnaround while significantly improving customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

Stratton said, "Chris has the expertise and marketplace know-how to ensure Verizon brings enterprise-class value to the world's leading companies. His dynamic approach to matching technology solutions to business problems will be a great asset to Verizon clients everywhere they do business: throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America."

In addition to his leadership roles at Avaya, Formant has held executive positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and MBNA, as well as serving as adviser/investor to early-stage technology companies. He has been named as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Consultants by Consulting Magazine. Formant received his Bachelor of Science degree from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions is a leading provider of advanced IT and communications services to enterprise and governments around the world. Visit Verizon Enterprise Solutions for more information.

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 103 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. A Dow 30 company with more than $120 billion in 2013 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 176,800. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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SOURCE Verizon