An 18-year veteran of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), John Stratton has held several C-level positions with the telecom giant, including chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless and chief operating officer. But in his new role, which was announced Dec. 15, Stratton will oversee Verizon's new global business unit spanning both its wireless and wireline operations, and will likely face his biggest challenge yet.
As the president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group, Stratton will be responsible for Verizon's portfolio of enterprise mobility devices, cloud and IT efforts, strategic networking and advanced communications offerings. Additionally, he will also oversee specialized solutions for healthcare, transportation, retail, utilities, financial services and IT consulting services. In other words, he's in charge of the areas that the telecom industry is counting on for future growth and revenue.
Stratton has kept a fairly low profile since the announcement of his new position. He filled in for CEO Lowell McAdam on a panel about innovation in technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, but that panel provided little insight into his new role, or Verizon's new business unit.
Nevertheless, Stratton's presence at CES was part of the company's increasing role at electronics show. In 2011 the company used CES as a platform to announce its 4G LTE lineup. This year the company showcased many of its LTE devices and M2M applications.