Sowmyanarayan Sampath, a longtime leader who has won a number of roles at Verizon, has been named CEO of Verizon Business since July 1, the company said Tuesday.
Sampath will report directly to Hans Westberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. Sampat will succeed Tammy Erwin, who announced her retirement earlier this year. She will take on the role of strategic advisor to the CEO until the end of 2022.
Westberg said Sampat was perfect for the role.
“Sampath has more than two decades of experience in digital transformation and critical network infrastructure on behalf of business customers in its new role at Verizon, plus extensive knowledge of products and their role in fueling enterprise growth and global security,” he said. “I am proud of the commitment and continued growth of the Verizon Business team as part of our customer-focused transformation model. Given Sampath’s exclusive term at Verizon, this will be a smooth transition and I expect it to continue the business momentum.
Sampath joined Verizon in 2014 and currently serves as Verizon Business’s Chief Revenue Officer. It is a crucial driving force behind the organization’s commercial success, its culture of shared success and a relentless focus on customer needs.
Over the years, Sampat has played several strategic roles at Verizon. He joined as Senior Vice President of Business Transformation, transforming Verizon’s operating model and creating two of the company’s major initiatives, Network Transformation and OneFiber. As Chief Product Officer for Consumer and Corporate Business, he leads joint networking initiatives, the Internet of Things, next-generation video and 5G product portfolio development. Sampat then served as Chief Financial Officer at Verizon Media Group, focusing on strategy and transformation, before becoming president of a global company where he led the commercial launch of Verizon’s 5G networks and multi-access peripheral computing solutions.
“I come to this role from a very diverse background, thinking to learn constantly and a mission to lead with kindness and integrity in this critical moment of radical digitalization for our clients,” he said. “The Verizon Business team is absolutely the best in the business and I am committed to ensuring that we continue to build on the momentum and success we have shared so far. Now is the time to disrupt the industry and stay focused on the transformation results for our customers and how Verizon caters to their needs.
Irwin has been CEO since 2019. During his tenure, Erwin positioned Verizon Business as the chosen partner for customers’ digital transformation efforts. Prior to her current position, she was instrumental in the evolution and growth of Verizon’s cable and wireless business segments. Prior to that, she was the head of operations for Verizon Wireless and managed Verizon Fios, the largest residential and commercial optical network in the country. Earlier in her career, she was Verizon Wireless’s Chief Marketing Officer and led the Western Business Region, ranking fourth from first.
Westberg said Erwin had a great influence.
“In his 35 years with Verizon and its predecessors, Tammy has pioneered critical initiatives in all areas of our company, from wireless, cable, to enterprise,” he said. “She has always demonstrated an approach to the client, created plans for success and given exceptional results. The breadth of her career, the impact of her leadership and the legacy she leaves behind should be an inspiration to all of us. ”