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GTE PROMOTES MIKE CRAWFORD TO VICE PRESIDENT-GENERAL MANAGER FOR SEVEN-STATE WEST AREA, INCLUDING CALIFORNIA

 GTE PROMOTES MIKE CRAWFORD TO VICE PRESIDENT-GENERAL MANAGER
 FOR SEVEN-STATE WEST AREA, INCLUDING CALIFORNIA
 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- GTE Telephone Operations today named Mike Crawford vice president-general manager of the company's seven-state West Area. The region comprises GTE's local telephone operations in the western United States, including California.
 GTE West Area serves nearly 5 million telephone customers in seven states: California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Alaska.
 Previously, Crawford was vice president-general manager of GTE California, which serves 3 million telephone customers, mostly in Southern California. Crawford will continue to be based at West Area's and GTE California's joint headquarters in Thousand Oaks.
 "I'm excited to be offered this tremendous opportunity, and I'm proud that I will continue to work with the outstanding people I've been associated with in the West Area," Crawford said. "GTE is recognized as a world leader in telecommunications, so this position carries great responsibility and potential. Major challenges lie ahead for our industry, but GTE has a strong management team and dedicated hourly employees. These people are clearly our strongest assets.
 "We will continue to introduce state-of-the-art telecommunications technology, but we must also focus on increasing competition and the Contel merger," he said. "At the same time, we will continue to provide customers with excellent value in telephone products and services."
 Crawford replaces Charlie Liekweg, who resigned in March to accept a position as senior vice president-marketing and sales for Digital Systems International of Redmond, Wash.
 "Reporting to Mike will be the region vice president-general managers of California, Northwest and Alaska, as well as the regional president-general manager in Hawaii and vice president-centralized services," West Area President Larry Sparrow said.
 "Mike's new position corresponds to the vice president-general manager positions in the three other GTE Telops Areas," Sparrow said. "Previously, Charlie Liekweg had both sales and operations reporting to him. The former position of Area vice president, sales and operations, was created primarily to accommodate the dual role of Charlie Crain, who at the time was serving as both West Area president and executive vice president and chief operating officer for all of Telops."
 Crawford began his GTE career in Wisconsin in 1969 as traffic engineer. In 1976, he accepted a regulatory position at GTE Service Corp. in Stamford, Conn. He was named director-revenue and earnings for General Telephone Co. of Ohio/Pennsylvania in 1981.
 Crawford moved to GTE West Area in 1984 as director-revenue planning and regulatory matters. Prior to becoming vice president-general manager in California, he was director of interexchange services in the Product Management Department at GTE Telephone Operations headquarters in Irving, Texas.
 He holds a master's degree with emphasis in finance from the University of Connecticut.
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