Verizon national security VP to retire

WASHINGTON Michael Hickey, VP government relations for national security at Verizon, has announced his retirement after nearly 25 years of service with the company. Since 2004, Hickey has directed Verizon policy development and advocacy on issues ranging from critical asset protection to cyber security and emergency preparedness, working with administration, congressional and industry officials.

"It has been a privilege to represent Verizon's interests for nearly a quarter of a century," Hickey said. "I've worked with so many talented and dedicated individuals over the years -- folks who have delivered results and have demonstrated their commitment to customer and community service. I thank each one of them for their support."

Hickey began his career in 1973 as a land-use planner for the Strafford Regional Planning Commission in Dover, N.H.  He then held several positions in New Hampshire nonprofit and state government organizations. In 1986 he joined New England Telephone as director of government affairs for New Hampshire.  From 1997 to 2004, Hickey served as the company's state vice president for New Hampshire, where he represented company interests with administration officials, legislative leaders, regulatory officials, the state's congressional delegation, and civic, community and business leaders.