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Chris D. Levendos

Title: Executive Director, Verizon FiOS
NACTO Title: Speaker, Designing Cities Conference

As Executive Director, Christopher Levendos is responsible for managing the building and maintenance of Verizon’s core network and the building and maintenance of Verizon’s FiOS network across New York City. Key initiatives have involved a wide range of cross-functional technical innovations to speed up the New York City FiOS deployment and improve costs.  The New York City FiOS investment is the largest single municipal telecommunication project in history. Chris is also vice president Empire City Subway CO/LTD, a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon that specializes in subsurface engineering and construction services.

Prior to this assignment, he was director New York City OSP Engineering for Verizon, responsible for the design and implementation of service, maintenance and upgrade plans to the network.

Levendos began his career at NYNEX in 1989 as an installation and repair field technician in Harlem.  He held several operational and engineering department positions before being promoted to director of Island Metro OSP Engineering in 2003, contributing to the initial launch of Verizon FiOS on Long Island in 2004.

A 1989 graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, he received a Bachelor’s degree in History and was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the National Historical Honor Society.  He earned a Masters of Urban Planning from New York University in 1997 and a Master’s of Science in Telecommunications Management from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2004. He has also studied at Columbia University (Electrical Engineering), the Wharton School of Business (Leadership) and the Moore School of Business (International Business).