NEW YORK—Tom Tauke has been named executive vice president of public affairs and communications at Verizon Communications. In this role, Tauke will oversee all internal and external communications, reputation management, philanthropy and issues management for Verizon, and will serve as a member of the company’s corporate leadership council.
In addition, Tauke will retain his responsibilities for Verizon’s public policy and external affairs organization. In this role, he is responsible for the development of Verizon’s positions on public policy issues and oversees the company’s policy advocacy at the local, state, federal and international levels.
“Tom has a proven record of excellence and results, along with deep knowledge of the telecom industry,” said Verizon chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg. “His background as an elected official and experience over the years with the media, with third parties and with advocacy at all levels make him an ideal choice for this senior role.
“Our goal is to create a unified focus on advocacy, reputation management and corporate positioning so Verizon can speak with one voice on issues that affect our industry, our company and our reputation.”
Tauke joined the company in 1991 as vice president of government relations. He was a member of Congress, representing Iowa’s second congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1991. He is also a past chairman of the United States Telecom Association, where he is a member of the board of directors, the executive committee and the governance committee.