Lowell McAdam Story

Lowell McAdam Story

Lowell C. McAdam


Lowell C McAdam is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Communications, a global leader in wireless, fiber optics and Internet-based services. His contributions to the growth of wireless network and telecommunications since the 1980’s have been lauded and recognized worldwide. He has built the business on three continents.

Childhood & Education

lowell mcadam education

Lowell C McAdam was born on May 28, 1954 at Buffalo New York. He took his master's degree in engineering from Cornell University and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of San Diego. He was with US Navy Civil Engineer Corps for six years. He became a licensed professional engineer in 1979.


lowell mcadam career

From 1983 to 1993 he served in executive positions in Pacific Bell. In 1993, he joined AirTouch as executive director handling its global operations. From 2007-2010, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Wireless. From2010-11, he was Chief Operating Officer (COO), Verizon and Board Member of GE from March 2016. He holds the post of Chairman Board of Directors from January 2012 and Chief Executive Officer of Verizon from 2011 onwards.

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At AirTouch Communications, McAdam worked as vice president of international operations and was the lead technical partner for cellular ventures in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Korea and Japan. McAdam joined AirTouch as the executive director of international applications and operations. As per records, he earned a salary of US $18.2 mn in 2014.


He has succeeded in taking full ownership of Verizon Wireless by enabling buyout of 45% stake of Vodafone. He is taking Verizon to new growth markets of Internet of Things (IOT) and mobile entertainment. During his tenure, Verizon took over AOL for $4.4 bn, launched Go90, a social media and entertainment product.

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Under his leadership, an acquisition spree is continuing with the recent buyout of Vessel, a web-video startup. He has endured the stress caused by protesting workers who gathered before his home in 2011 who objected to the reduction of benefits to employees.

Positions Held

lowell mcadam positions held

  • Past Chairman of CTIA- The Wireless Association
  • Director, National Academy Foundation- to improve the quality of technical education in schools and colleges.
  • Co-Chair of CEO Council on Health and Innovation- for the adoption of innovative strategies for the improvement of employee health and the delivery of higher-quality, more cost-effective health-care.

Yahoo Deal

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Verizon is planning to buy Yahoo for $4.8 bn that will enable Verizon to establish supremacy over the Internet space. The deal is expected to be closed in 2017; subject to the approval of shareholders and regulators. Last year it had bought AOL to strengthen mobile video and advertising business. Under his leadership, Verizon is planning to launch 5G broadband services in USA, the first time by any company. It has launched LTE-Advanced in 460 markets.


Lowell is a visionary when it comes to forecasting new technology trends. He believes that the new millennial is more likely to use digital technology than television channels. Entertainment will be more mobile oriented than TV oriented. The viewership for Go90 has risen 30%.

lowell mcadam vision

Lowell has announced that Verizon will deploy more fiber out of its East Coast territory to win over small and medium businesses (SMB). It is entering into public-private partnerships (PPP) with cities to upgrade communications infrastructure. It has tied up with Boston city for $300mn, a six-year investment plan to replace copper networks with fiber optic networks The company envisages a new architecture that simultaneously addresses the needs of consumers, wireless and businesses.

In some cities, fiber infrastructure that supports both 4G and 5G has been thought of. It is his futuristic vision and thinking far ahead that makes Lowell most sought after personality for ideas and strategies in the communications business.