Torod Neptune, corporate VP, corporate communications, Verizon Communications: Power List 2016

2016 rank: 35

Some people are whip smart, some are sage and wise. Rarely do you meet someone who is both — Torod is one of those people. Smart and wise.

When Torod was a senior member of the WE leadership team, he demonstrated the ability to create a vision and motivate his team to execute on that vision. Another rarity: vision and execution.

When he went to Verizon Wireless, he did the same thing. He up-leveled its approach in the digital space and energized staff. He is the consummate comms pro who climbed the ranks at Verizon and is now a trusted adviser to leadership.

Torod plays to win, but he does it with diplomacy and kindness. He also believes in focusing on the things that will make the biggest difference. Do less and achieve more.

Simply put, he is real. He cares deeply about diversity and STEM education for all. As PRSA Foundation president, he continues to give back by mentoring young PR pros and I see Torod playing a key role in growing future leaders and furthering diversity in our industry.

He is profoundly committed to his three sons and exhibits the same leadership qualities at home as he does in the office. Torod is that rare leader who truly combines head with heart.

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