Dennis F. Strigl is Charter Day Honoree
Prominent Architect of the Wireless Communications Industry
Teaneck, NJ (May 10, 2006) — Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 17th Annual Charter Day on Friday, June 2, 2006, will honor Dennis F. Strigl, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. The Charter Day Award honors individuals who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders in their professions and their communities.
The 2006 honoree and Fairleigh Dickinson University alumnus, Dennis F. Strigl, is widely recognized as one of the most prominent architects of the wireless communications industry. His experience extends from launching the nation's first cellular telephone network and managing several of the largest cellular mergers in the industry, to today leading one of the world's preeminent wireless companies.
Proceeds from this event support academic scholarships for undergraduates at Fairleigh Dickinson. Charter Day Scholars are students who exhibit significant leadership on campus and in the larger community, who maintain the highest academic standards and show a personal commitment to developing the same leadership qualities Charter Day honorees have shown.
Strigl was the lead executive in charge of integrating Verizon Wireless when that company was formed in April 2000, by combining the domestic wireless operations of Bell Atlantic, Vodafone AirTouch and GTE.
Previously, he served as president and CEO of Bell Atlantic Mobile and group president and CEO of Bell Atlantic Global Wireless, Bell Atlantic's wireless portfolio, with domestic operations in 28 states and international investments in Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.
As head of Verizon Wireless, Strigl has established an entrepreneurial culture to minimize corporate bureaucracy, focus on making wireless communications easy for consumers and businesses, and fuel the company's rapid growth. He also initiated the company's HopeLine® community service program, a philanthropic effort that focuses on domestic violence education and prevention.
Strigl has served in the telecommunications industry for more than 30 years. He began his telecommunications career in 1968 with New York Telephone Company, and subsequently held positions at AT&T and Wisconsin Telephone Company before becoming vice president of American Bell, Inc. He became president of Ameritech Mobile Communications, where he was instrumental in launching the nation's first cellular telephone network in Chicago. He won the Cellular Industry Achievement Award for engineering advancement and pioneering in marketing programs. Strigl later served as president and chief executive officer for Applied Data Research Inc.
He joined Bell Atlantic in 1989, serving as vice president-product management for Network Services and later as vice president-operations and chief operating officer and a member of the company’s board of directors. He was named president and CEO of Bell Atlantic Mobile in 1991, and oversaw its merger with Metro Mobile CTS. He subsequently was named president and CEO of the combined Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile when those two companies merged in 1995.
Strigl is past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association, the national industry association based in Washington, D.C. He also serves as president of the Board of Trustees of Canisius College and is a member of the Boards of Directors of Anadigics, Inc. and PNC Financial Services Group.
Strigl holds a degree in business administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.