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NEW JERSEY BELL NAMES TWO NEW OFFICERS: VICE PRESIDENT-GENERAL COUNSEL AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS VICE PRESIDENT POSITIONS ARE FILLED

 NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey Bell, a Bell Atlantic Company (NYSE: BEL), today elected a new vice president-general counsel and secretary and a new vice president-external affairs.
 Leslie A. Vial, 42, who has been serving as general attorney-state regulatory matters for Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc., will succeed Edward D. Young, III, as vice president-general counsel and secretary. Young has been appointed vice president-federal regulatory and associate general counsel of Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
 In addition, Dennis M. Bone, 41, of Morris Plains, was named vice president-external affairs. He will assume the public affairs duties of Alfred C. Koeppe, who was recently named president of New Jersey Bell, and the external affairs responsibilities of William S. Ford, Jr., who retired as vice president-external affairs and chief financial officer in December. Bone had been director-regulatory planning and issues analysis for New Jersey Bell.
 "These appointments help New Jersey Bell maintain the caliber of executive leadership in key areas that will be essential to the company's success in these changing and challenging times," said Koeppe.
 "Leslie Vial brings the kind of experience with state regulatory matters that we need in order to manage issues dealing with regulatory change, competition and progress during this important period in our industry. Ed Young's counsel in these matters has been very valuable to us over the past few years and we wish him well and look forward to working with him in his new position," Koeppe added.
 "We're also very pleased that Dennis Bone has assumed a key leadership role at New Jersey Bell. He has been instrumental in the design, approval and vision behind the Plan for Alternative Regulation that the Board of Regulatory Commissioners approved in December and the Opportunity New Jersey plan to accelerate the development of our statewide network. We look forward to his continuing leadership in these areas," Koeppe continued.
 Vial holds a bachelor's degree in American history from Princeton University and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. After serving clerkships in the federal District Court in Baltimore and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, she worked for a private law firm in Baltimore before joining the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Maryln?d in 1985. Most recently, she has overseen the state regulatory matters of the seven local operating telephone companies of Bell Atlantic.
 Bone is a graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology and holds an M.S. degree from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University. He joined New Jersey Bell in 1979 as an engineer and was appointed to his most recent position in 1987.
 In other announcements made by the company, William J. Dougherty, assistant vice president-regulatory matters, was given the special assignment of implementing the Opportunity New Jersey infrastructure development plan. Also, Colleen A. McCloskey was promoted to the position of director-regulatory planning and issues analysis, replacing Bone.
 Arthur S. Guida was appointed director-public affairs, replacing Robert C. Rubino, who retired in December.
 Bell Atlantic Corporation, based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone Company (Delaware), and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of the companies that provide business systems services for customer-based information technology, including software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services throughout the U.S. and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and, in conjunction with Ameritech, owns a majority interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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