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Chief Network Engineering Officer and Head of Wireless Networks at Verizon
Nicola (Nicki) Palmer is Chief Network Engineering Officer and Head of Wireless Networks for Verizon. She is responsible for planning, engineering, building and operating Verizon Wireless’ industry-leading voice and data networks and oversees the design and deployment of the company’s 4G LTE and 5G networks.
Palmer began her career at Bell Atlantic in 1990 and has held a number of leadership positions in engineering, operations, and program management supporting advanced data and IP products. During her career she also was responsible for the planning, design and operation of Verizon's global voice, data and IP networks, which span more than 2,600 cities in 150 countries touching six continents. She also led the engineering and operations of the fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which enables Verizon's FiOS data and TV services. Most recently she was Chief Technical Officer for Verizon Wireless, the nations largest and the world’s most advanced wireless data network.
Active in a number of organizations including the National Academy Foundation, Palmer is a staunch advocate for women in business and promoting education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). She has been recognized by Fierce Wireless as one of the industry Women to Watch in 2016, as well as one of the Most Influential Women in Wireless in both 2012 and 2013.
Palmer earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. She resides in NJ with her husband and three children.