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April 2003

Release Date: April 1, 2003

Verizon Exec to Discuss Ground Zero Work during Wells Fargo Lecture May 1

Michael H. (Mike) Millegan, senior vice president for Verizon logistics as well as an Angelo State University graduate and former Ram football player, will present the Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship in Business May 1 at his alma mater.

Millegan will speak on "quot;Collaboration at Ground "ero," giving an account of his role with Verizon in re-establishing the communications infrastructure in lower Manhattan and at the Pentagon after the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The lecture is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. The lecture is free to the public.

As senior vice president for Verizon logistics, Millegan is responsible for the end-to-end logistics services for Verizon national operations. He oversees material procurement, inventory management, distribution, warehousing, investment recovery, fleet management services and electronic repair services. He is also responsible for leveraging these capabilities into the domestic and international commercial marketplace to generate profitable business growth.

Millegan's team of more than 5,000 Verizon Logistics employees is responsible for directing business volumes in excess of $5 billion annually, for operating more than 2 million square feet of distribution and technical service centers and for maintaining a corporate fleet of more than 67,000 vehicles.

Millegan was dispatched to Ground Zero in the wake of the collapse of the World Trade Center as part of Verizon's effort to re-establish telecommunications in Lower Manhattan and in Washington. His talk will examine the business and collaborative effort necessary for Verizon to have successfully dealt with the attack.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in business management and his M.B.A. from ASU, Millegan joined GTE in 1980 and has held positions in finance, human resources, customer service, and operations. Prior to his current assignment, he led GTE Wireless as area president-GTE Wireless-Northwest where he was responsible for all strategic efforts in sales, distribution, customer service, marketing and engineering for GTE's Personal Communications Services (PCS) territory throughout Washington state and northern Idaho.

He also has served as an executive-in-residence at the University of North Texas and currently serves on the College of Business and Professional Studies Business Advisory Council at ASU. He currently resides in Kirkland, Wash.

The Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship in Business was established in 1995 by Wells Fargo Bank, San Angelo. The lectureship is designed to provide ASU students with exposure to well-known business leaders and to help promote greater cooperation between ASU and the San Angelo business community.