Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam cancels keynote address at CES

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam cancels keynote address at CES
For those Verizon customers who have been looking forward to hearing the carrier's CEO, Lowell McAdam, make a keynote speech at the CES in Las Vegas, better make other plans. Big Red says that a schedule change is preventing McAdam from appearing at the show. Verizon spokesman Peter Thonis said that another executive will be sent to Vegas and make a speech in place of the CEO. Thonis would not give out any further details on the schedule change that forced McAdam to bow out.

Verizon recently made headlines by saying that it would charge customers a $2 convenience fee for monthly payments made over the phone or online. This created such an uproar that the combination of online petitions, national media attention, and the involvement of the FCC made Verizon turn 180 degrees and rescind the fee. Certainly McAdam would have been inundated by the press during the show, asking him about what went on in the decision making process to first ask for the free, and then to cancel it.

Additionally, Verizon's self-proclaimed "most reliable network" had some problems last month when its 4G LTE network went down three times in a matter of weeks. And while the company's CEO will be off the hook because of the schedule change, whomever is sent to replace McAdam at the show will be on the hot seat while the show is open from January 10th through the 13th.

source: Reuters via AppleInsider

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