New York City based Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) has named Chris Bartlett senior vice president for corporate development and Verizon Ventures.
Verizon Ventures is the corporation’s venture capital unit, investing in promising entrepreneurial companies that are tackling today’s biggest technology challenges. Over the last decade, the CVC arm has invested in more than 50 companies covering a range of industries and technologies.
Effective immediately, Bartlett assumes responsibility for joint ventures, strategic investment activity, acquisitions and divestitures.
He was most recently managing director at Morgan Stanley, where he led North America media and communications mergers and acquisitions, since 2004.
Prior to Morgan Stanley, Bartlett worked at Bear, Stearns & Co. in media and communications mergers and acquisitions, and at Arthur Andersen LLP.
He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Bartlett replaces John Doherty, who left Verizon at the end of June to pursue other opportunities. He reports to Matt Ellis, Verizon CFO, and is based in Basking Ridge, N.J.