Gerace to replace Thonis as Verizon comms chief

NEW YORK: Verizon has promoted Jim Gerace to CCO, succeeding Peter Thonis.

NEW YORK: Verizon has promoted Jim Gerace to CCO, succeeding Peter Thonis.

Gerace started in the role this month. He is responsible for external communications, media relations, issues management, and executive and employee communications at the telecomms company.

Gerace was previously VP of state government affairs for Verizon's New York region since 2010, the company said in a statement, overseeing public policy, government and external affairs, regulatory matters, and philanthropy in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Prior to that, he was VP of corporate communications at Verizon Wireless for ten years.

Leecia Eve, deputy secretary for economic development for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), will succeed Gerace as VP of government affairs on July 15, the company said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Thonis, who was appointed Verizon's first CCO in 2004, said he would step down from the position next month.

Gerace has worked in telecommunications since 1986, when he joined NYNEX Mobile Communications as manager of employee comms. He was named director of PR for the company in 1991. Following NYNEX's merger with Bell Atlantic Mobile, he served as VP of PR for the new business. In 2000, he led communications for the merger of Bell Atlantic and AirTouch, which launched the Verizon Wireless brand.

Gerace was not immediately available for comment.

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