USD MBA graduate Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, will receive the David Packard Medal of Achievement. The award from TechAmerica, the leading U.S. technology trade association, will recognize his significant contributions to the advancement of the high technology industry along with his distinguished service to the community, the industry and humankind.
McAdam, who earned his MBA from USD’s School of Business Administration in 1983, joins a prestigious group of pioneers who have shaped the U.S. technology industry including Hewlett-Packard founders William Hewlett and David Packard; Thomas J. Watson Jr. of IBM and Gordon Moore, Paul S. Otellini and Andrew Grove of Intel.
“Lowell McAdam has been a transformational force in erasing the line between telecommunications and technology,” said Shawn Osborne, president and CEO of TechAmerica. “His career has been dedicated to revolutionizing the global wireless industry while leading Verizon’s foray into emerging technologies like M2M, telematics and smart sensors, all of which continue to transform our daily lives.”
The Medal of Achievement will be presented to McAdam on Nov. 7 in Menlo Park. McAdam assumed the CEO position at Verizon Communications in 2011 and the chairmanship in 2012. Previously he served as Verizon’s president and chief operating officer as well as CEO of Verizon Wireless.
“Verizon’s focus is to grow our business while using our world-class technology to improve the lives of customers across the globe,” said McAdam. ”Our 4G LTE fiber and global backbone networks are an unmatched platform for bringing innovators across the technology industry together to address some of the world’s biggest challenges in health care, sustainability and education. David Packard understood better than anyone the corporate responsbility of sharing success with the communities you serve, so it is a tremendous honor to be recognized in his name.”
McAdam is a director of the National Academy Foundation, a partnership between business leaders and educators that helps high schools across the country establish and run technical and service academies to prepare students for college and careers. He also has been a generous supporter of USD and established the Lowell and Susan McAdam SBA Alumni Lifelong Learning Program with a gift of $100,000. The Verizon Foundation also supports the university’s Social Innovation Challenge through the Verizon Green Award.
In 2008, he received the Author E. Hughes Award for Career Achievement from USD’s School of Business Administration.
— Liz Harman