Verizon Business appoints first SVP of IIoT and Automotive

Verizon Business appoints first SVP of IIoT and Automotive

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Verizon Business has appointed its first senior vice president of IIOT and Automotive as it looks to cement a leading position in the connected vehicle, device, and industrial equipment markets.

In the newly created role, TJ Fox will take responsibility for leading business development, commercial modelling, and cross-functional efforts for Verizon’s IoT and connected auto activities across multiple industries and business sectors.

Fox previously held the role of SVP and president of Verizon Business Markets, leading 5,000 sales professionals dedicated to selling wireless and wireline solutions to small and medium businesses in the US, contributing to an annual revenue of $12 billion.

“Customers need IoT solutions that transition seamlessly between fixed positions like warehouses and mobile locations moving across environments and geographies,” said Fox.

“As we advance into the 5G and MEC enhanced massive IoT era, Verizon has the existing network superiority, ongoing network investment – including our recently acquired C-Band spectrum – and deep enterprise experience to be partner of choice for customers with IoT and connected vehicle ambitions at the highest scale,” he added.

In the last decade, Verizon has built a portfolio of IoT platforms and solutions including connectivity for OEM, connected asset tracking and condition monitoring, IoT device and ecosystem management, smart energy and utilities solutions, and more.

Verizon Business CRO, Sampath Sowmyanarayan, said: “In naming a leader who can catalyse growth in burgeoning and rapidly changing markets, TJ was the obvious choice.

“He has excelled at any task that is his charge in nearly three decades at Verizon, and with the company in prime position to take advantage of the enormous IoT growth on the horizon, he has the experience, drive, and vision to spearhead our expansion in these spaces,” Sowmyanarayan added.


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