Verizon Wireless has named Dean Taylor president of its South Central Region, which includes all of Arkansas, as well as northern Mississippi, Oklahoma, and western Tennessee.
Taylor replaces Steve Smith, who has been named chief financial officer for Verizon’s Enterprise Solutions group. Smith led Verizon through its transition buyout with Alltel in 2009.
Before coming to the South Central Region, Taylor was the retail sales director in the Carolinas-Tennessee Region, where he oversaw store operations, employee development and productivity, and customer retention initiatives.
“With the introduction of both the 3G and 4G LTE service networks over the past several years, Verizon has been committed to developing and expanding wireless technologies in Arkansas,” Taylor said. “My key focus will be to ensure that businesses and consumers in The Natural State continue to have broad access to state-of-the-art communications services from Verizon Wireless.”
Verizon has launched 4G service in central, northwest and northeast Arkansas during the last half of 2011.