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Vice President, Connected Cities at Verizon
Lauren Love-Wright is Vice President of the Connected Cities team. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy and governance of the Connected Cities program which includes the oversight over the build plan, process and system changes, and product offerings. In addition, she is responsible for the development and management of relationships with City leadership in an effort to improve the time to market and maximize the strategic value of the Connected Cities program. Her team also manages the project/program management of the Network Transformation of the Verizon Network from copper to fiber services.
Her career with the company spans more than 13 years and includes positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales, consumer electronics, business and retail services. Prior to her current role, Lauren was Chief Marketing Officer of Partner Solutions where she led the development and execution of programs to drive $5B in annual revenue.
Love-Wright joined Verizon Wireless in 2003 as associate director for strategic sales for its Illinois/Wisconsin Region. For nearly six years she developed and implemented strategies to expand the customer base across the health care, utilities, distribution, finance and professional services areas and subsequently was promoted to director for strategic sales in 2009.
In early 2012, she joined Verizon Wireless’ Marketing team as director of connected consumer electronics and personal computing devices, responsible for driving strategy to ensure that Verizon Wireless service was embedded in the leading consumer electronics and portable personal computing devices sold in the U.S.
Love-Wright returned to the Illinois/Wisconsin Region in 2014 to help lead its retail channel and was subsequently promoted to President of Verizon Wireless’ region covering Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky in 2015. There, she was responsible for all sales, marketing, operations, financial performance and customer service in the three states.
Love-Wright has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology; her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology; and her MBA from Harvard Business School.