Ivan Seidenberg is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for Verizon. On November 6, 2003, Verizon announced that Mr. Seidenberg would become Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2004. He has served as the sole CEO since April 1, 2002. As chief executive of Bell Atlantic, and previously of NYNEX, Mr. Seidenberg was instrumental in reshaping the communications industry through two of the largest mergers in its history: the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX in 1997 and the Bell Atlantic merger with GTE in 2000. He also led efforts in September 1999 to form Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest cellular business composed of the wireless assets of Bell Atlantic, GTE and Vodafone Airtouch. Mr. Seidenberg began his communications career more than 38 years ago as a cable splicer's assistant. His career has encompassed numerous operations and engineering assignments, including various leadership positions at AT&T and NYNEX. Mr. Seidenberg serves on the board of directors of Honeywell, the Museum of Television and Radio, the Verizon Foundation, The Hall of Science, Pace University and Wyeth. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from City University of New York and Masters in Business Administration from Pace University.