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Paul Bates – VP, Global Enterprise Solutions/President, Federal Network Systems, Verizon

At Verizon Corporation, Paul Bates wears many hats. His work as vice president of global enterprise solutions puts him in charge of service delivery for Verizon Business enterprise customers in the federal government and system integrator sales channels.

Additionally, his position as president of federal network systems — a division that operates in more than 10 countries and encompasses 1200 employees — includes work program target selection and operational responsibility for active programs.

Prior to fulfilling his current roles, Bates worked as vice president of global provisioning for Verizon Business between 2005 and 2006. In this position, he supervised all provisioning, testing and installation for data and private line services, Internet protocol services, wholesale, voice and global network services, leading a team of more than 3,400 employees and contractors who yielded an annual transaction volume of 2.3 million. He served as senior vice president of global operations for MCI, which was acquired by Verizon Communications in January 2006 and became Verizon Business, from 2004 to 2005.

Prior to his work with Verizon, Bates worked as vice president of International Network Engineering, responsible for all network planning, engineering and operations in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East from 1999-2002.

He began his career as a helicopter pilot and communications officer, having spent 20 years in the U.S. Army and served as a lieutenant colonel and division chief of software development for the Defense Department from 1987 to 1992.

Bates received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from Georgia State University.

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