Director of Fiber Access Engineering, Verizon
George Karatzis is the Director of Verizon’s Fiber Access Engineering and leads a team that designs, implements and optimizes Verizon’s fiber networks in the Southwest Region. George’s team supports consumer, enterprise, and wholesale customers and is responsible for planning and designing the outside plant fiber networks that support all of Verizon’s services.
Prior to this role, George was the Director of Technology, responsible for engineering functions related to the Verizon Cloud Platform, Virtual Network Services, and VoIP services network. He was also responsible for technical facility power and cooling standards and technical support.
During the course of his career, George has held several leadership roles of increasing responsibility with Process Engineering (Lean Six Sigma Black Belt), Network Field Operations (Central Office, CPE, and Special Services), and Network Center Operations (remote maintenance, provisioning, and reliability for optical transport and voice switching networks).
Before joining Verizon, George began his telecommunications career as a Communications Specialist in the United States Air Force.