Sowmyanarayan Sampath

Verizon Business

Sampath is the executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Business, a global leader in 5G technology serving 99% of Fortune 500 companies. Sampath and his team help businesses, governments and communities reimagine their employee, supply chain and end-customer experiences. With $31B+ in annual revenue (2021), Verizon Business is leading the way into a new 5G-based era of technology-led innovation for its customers. Sampath brings to his position more than two decades of experience in digital transformation and critical network infrastructure on behalf of business customers, plus extensive knowledge of products and their role in powering enterprise growth and global security. His experience ensures that Verizon Business is the overwhelmingly preferred partner of choice for customers’ digital transformation journeys. Sampath previously served as Chief Revenue Officer for Verizon Business where he was responsible for accelerating growth and reimagining the future of the enterprise for Verizon and its global customers. Prior to that he was President of Global Enterprise at Verizon, where he led a global team focused on delivering solutions to enable enterprise customers to securely connect to the global economy and intelligently manage business operations. Earlier in his Verizon tenure, he served as Chief Product Officer, responsible for the complete product portfolio and implementing major strategic initiatives. These included two of the company’s largest programs, Network Transformation and One Fiber, which served as the foundation for Verizon’s progress in wireless network densification and 5G. Before Verizon, Sampath spent almost a decade at the Boston Consulting Group, where he was a Partner and Global Sector Leader for the Telecom practice area focused on driving large scale, enterprise-wide transformations.

Corporate and charitable leadership

Sampath is passionately committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and believes in leading with kindness and integrity. He is the executive sponsor of United of Verizon, one of the company’s employee resource groups, designed to bring together employees of all backgrounds to help build a diverse company culture and best serve customers. Sampath serves as a member of the Fast Company Impact Council and is a member of the Board of Advisors for Tech United New Jersey. He also serves on the board of directors of Canadian Tire, Canada’s largest chains of automotive, hardware, sports, leisure, and houseware products, with over 50,000 employees.

Personal and educational background

Sampath holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calcutta, St. Xavier’s College, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University. He is also a Chartered Accountant. Sampath lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children, and has a keen interest in cricket.