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Sampath Sowmyanarayan
President, Global Enterprise at Verizon Business Group


Sampath Sowmyanarayan leads the global enterprise segment for Verizon Business Group. He leads a global team focused on delivering solutions to help enterprise customers - including 99% of the Fortune 500 - securely connect to the global economy and intelligently manage business interactions and operations in real-time. These include strategic networking, managed services, business communications, security, Internet of Things and professional services solutions, all powered by Verizon’s global and award-winning network and technology.

Sampath also works to build deep global partnerships to unlock a wide range of transformative applications that leverage the advanced capabilities of Verizon’s 5G network and 5G Edge MEC (mobile edge compute) platform.

Prior to joining Verizon Business Group, Sampath was Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy and Transformation at Verizon Media, a global business reaching ~900M people monthly. During his tenure and the businesses’ intense period of transformation, he played a crucial role in stabilizing the business and laying the foundation for long term growth in digital advertising and media.

Previously, Sampath was the Chief Product Officer for Verizon with responsibility for implementing major strategic and product initiatives. These included two of the company’s largest programs, Network Transformation and One Fiber, which served as the foundation for the company’s progress in both wireless network densification and 5G. He also managed a diversified, hyper-growth portfolio of consumer and enterprise innovations from leading-edge technologies including 5G, IoT, Smart Cities, next generation video, advanced enterprise security and SDN based solutions.

Prior to joining Verizon, Sampath was Partner and the Global Practice Leader for the Telecom practice at the Boston Consulting Group where he served some of the largest telecom clients across strategic and operational topics.

Sampath earned his Master of Business Administration from Boston University and is a Chartered Accountant. He lives in Short Hills, NJ with his wife Palak and two boys aged 7 and 10. He has a keen interest in geopolitics and cricket; his favorite team is India.

Outside of work, Sampath serves on the board of directors for Tech:NYC, a non-profit that mobilizes the expertise and resources of the tech sector to work with city and state government on policies to ensure New York’s innovation economy thrives.