Verizon’s Erle Pierce to retire

Erle B. Pierce, vice president for government and public affairs for Verizon in New Hampshire, is retiring from the company, effective July 1, after 32 years of service.

“Erle has served in many departments over the span of his 32-year career with Verizon and its predecessor companies (New England Telephone, Nynex and Bell Atlantic). His extensive knowledge of our business and the telecommunications industry will be missed both by Verizon and the public officials with whom he works,” said Polly Brown, northern New England regional president of Verizon.

Pierce began his career with New England Telephone in 1975 as a central office technician working in the Network Department in Burlington, Vt. Positions in toll test operations and the central office and as area operations manager followed.

In 1991, Pierce began working in public affairs, policy and communications, holding a variety of positions, including strategic business planner and community and media relations director.

Most recently Pierce represented Verizon as a lobbyist in the New Hampshire Legislature.

Shawn Nestor, vice president New Hampshire regulatory, will assume responsibility for government and public affairs, the company said. – TRACIE STONE

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