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Join us 
March 25, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
Hartman Hall Forum (Room 2021)
Learning to Lead

Two senior executives at Verizon will share what they've learned at James Madison University about leadership, how that carried them through the early part of their careers and how they continue to seek out leadership learning opportunities in their present roles.

Reception to follow.

About Our Speakers
Lynn Cox ('98)

Headshot of Lynn CoxSince Lynn Cox (‘98) was named Verizon's senior vice president and chief network officer in March 2022, she has been responsible for all planning, design and implementation activities involving the company's global voice, data, IP and wireless networks.

Cox oversees some 7,500 engineers who are engaged in the continuing expansion of these networks, which include 5G, LTE, FiOS, MEC and Intelligent Edge. The telco capital-investment program she heads is the world's largest, delivering a steady stream of new technologies and capabilities to Verizon’s consumers and businesses.

Cox holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from James Madison University and an MBA from Rutgers University.

Joe Russo ('95)

Headshot of Joe RussoTeams led by Joe Russo (‘95), Executive Vice President & President of Global Networks and Technology are responsible for technology and product development at Verizon. This includes building, maintaining and securing the nation's leading wireless network and a vast IP network which serves customers in more than 120 nations around the world.

Especially notable was Russo’s role in the development and successful launch of FiOS, the nation’s largest residential fiber broadband service. It delivers industry-leading internet speeds to millions of homes in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Russo began his career with Verizon in 1995 as an intern at Bell Atlantic. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from James Madison University and an MBA from the Lubin School at Pace University.

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