NEW YORK—Jim Gerace, who currently heads corporate communications for Verizon Wireless, has been named president of Verizon's New York region, responsible for the telecommunications company's corporate interests including public policy, government and external affairs, regulatory matters and philanthropy in New York and Connecticut.
Gerace began his wireless communications career with NYNEX Mobile Communications in 1986 as a manager in employee communications. He went on to serve in a variety of communications positions and was named director-public relations in 1991.
In 1995, he directed the announcement of the merger between Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile, then the largest merger in the wireless industry, and was named vice president- public relations and a member of the senior staff of the new business. In 2000, he directed the communications for the merger of Bell Atlantic Mobile and AirTouch, which launched the Verizon Wireless brand.
Additionally, he is on the board of The Wireless Foundation, a nonprofit organization that oversees programs designed to put wireless technology to work addressing the challenges of society.