Ivan Seidenberg is the former Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications Inc. His telecommunications career began more than forty-five years ago when he joined New York Telephone. During the period of Seidenberg’s leadership, Verizon transformed itself into a premier global network company by building a nationwide wireless network, deploying highspeed fiber broadband direct to homes, and expanding Verizon’s global Internet backbone network around the world.
Mr. Seidenberg stepped down as CEO in July 2011 and continued to serve as Chairman and as a member of the Verizon Board of Directors through December 2011, when he retired. Mr. Seidenberg is a member of the President’s Export Council, which advises the President on how to promote U.S. exports, jobs, and growth, and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, which provides counsel on communications issues related to national security. From 2009 to 2011, he chaired the Business Roundtable, an influential association of CEOs of leading U.S. companies.
Mr. Seidenberg is also a member of the New York Academy of Sciences’ President’s Council and serves on the board of trustees of the New York–Presbyterian Hospital, The New York Hall of Science, Pace University, the Paley Center for Media, and on the Board of Directors of BlackRock Inc.