Verizon's VA President Robert Woltz Jr. retires following 40-year career

Robert Woltz's 40 year tenure at Verizon (NYSE: VZ), much like other recent fellow Verizon retirees like former COO Denny Strigl and CFO John Killian, is a rarity in an industry where telecom executives are constantly switching sides.

Robert Woltz

Robert Woltz, President of Verizon Virginia

One of Woltz's notable accomplishments as president of Verizon Virginia came in 2006 when he and his team helped secure the passage of legislation that enabled it to deliver its FiOS TV service to compete with the states cable companies, which were used to being the only video game in town.

Beginning his career with the former C&P Telephone of Virginia, one of the original Baby Bell operating companies under the former Bell System in 1971, Woltz wore a number of hats over the next 20 years. Among his many positions at C&P, Bell Atlantic and Verizon, he worked in network services, human resources, public communications and marketing operations. In addition, he oversaw regional operations in the mid-Atlantic area from Virginia to New Jersey.

"I have spent a great 40 years with C&P, Bell Atlantic and Verizon," said Woltz adding that "I've been able to work with wonderful people and experience nonstop changes in technology and the competitive marketplace."

Following a stint to help establish the former Bell Atlantic International's wireless portfolio in 1991, he came back to Virginia in 1992 and became the then-Bell Atlantic's president of external affairs in 1993.

Outside of his work at Verizon, Woltz serve on the Virginia Governor's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) Advisory Board.  

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