Denny Strigl, is the former CEO and President of Verizon Wireless. He is widely recognized as one of the most prominent architects of the wireless communications industry and his career in telecommunications spans over four decades.
Managers, Can You Hear Me Now? Hard- Hitting Lessons on How to Get Real Results
Management lessons from the executive who made Verizon Wireless one of the top wireless companies and what it takes to drive results, develop people, and build careers and his insights on the future of the wireless industry.
Denny Strigl transformed Verizon Wireless from a regional carrier into a billion-dollar behemoth during his 20 years as president and CEO. Strigl explains the clear and proven leadership behaviors that managers can adopt to dramatically improve their team's performance.
Strigl began his career in 1968 with New York Telephone and held positions at AT&T and Wisconsin Telephone before becoming Vice President of American Bell Inc. In 1984 he became president of Ameritech Mobile Communications, where he was instrumental in launching the nation’s first cellular telephone network in Chicago. He joined Bell Atlantic in 1989, rising to the position of Chief Operating Office of New Jersey Bell before being named President and CEO of Bell Atlantic Mobile in 1991. He subsequently was named President and CEO of the combined Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile when those two companies merged in 1995. He went on to become President and Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Wireless and Executive Vice President of Verizon Communications. On January 1, 2007, Strigl was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Verizon Communications, where he remained until his retirement in December of 2009. In this capacity, he was responsible for all Verizon’s network businesses—Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom, Verizon Business and Verizon Services Operations, which provides financial, real estate, and other functional services to all of the corporation’s operations.
Strigl is past chairman (1996–97) of the Board of Directors of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, the national industry association based in Washington, D.C. He serves on the board of directors of the Eastman Kodak Company, PNC Financial Services and PNC Bank and Anadigics, Inc. Strigl holds a degree in business administration from Canisius College where he recently served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, which named him to its Pinnacle Society for Distinguished Alumni. He is an avid skier and aviation enthusiast, and holds a commercial pilots license.
David Lazarus is business columnist at the Los Angeles Times