Phil Seskin: Operating Executive

Mr. Seskin was retained by Avista Capital Partners in 2012.  Prior to 2012, Mr. Seskin spent more than two decades at Verizon Communications, most recently as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. At Verizon, Mr. Seskin worked on initiatives that spanned more than 20 countries and involved strategy, acquisitions, operating issues, valuation, cross-border currency, tax and regulatory issues. He also played a significant role in securing board, regulatory, and other necessary approvals in transactions. Prior to his role as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, he held a number of positions at Verizon, including Vice President, Corporate Development; Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisitions; and Managing Director, Financing Planning and Investment Analysis.  He also founded Verizon Strategic Investments, the company’s venture capital operation. Mr. Seskin was instrumental in building new companies and creating shareholder value through mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, organic investment, operating initiatives, and divestitures, totaling over $150 billion in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. 

Mr. Seskin received a B.A. from Adelphi and a M.B.A. from Hofstra Finance.  He serves as a director of Telular Corporation and WideOpenWest.

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