“Virginia is a seasoned strategic business leader who has significant experience leading large, complex global organizations,” said The Hartford's Chairman, President and CEO Liam E. McGee. “Her knowledge and perspective, particularly in the technology arena, will be valuable to The Hartford as we continue to execute on our strategic plan to focus on the property and casualty, group benefits and mutual funds businesses.”
Ruesterholz, who retired in 2012, most recently served as executive vice president of Verizon Communications, responsible for overseeing key strategic initiatives. She previously served as president of Verizon Services Operations. Her career at Verizon, a Dow 30 company and leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers, and its predecessor companies, spanned almost three decades. Her experience includes key business unit leadership roles that drove the company’s network, technology and growth strategies.
She graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, earned a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and was awarded an honorary doctorate of engineering from Stevens. Ruesterholz was recently named chairman of the board of trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology, and is the first female to hold this position. She is also a former member of the board of directors of the Manhattan Theater Club.
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