Roger Gurnani is EVP, Chief Information and Technology Architect, responsible for the information technology strategy, systems development and operations for Verizon Communications. Before being named to his current position in October 2010, Gurnani was senior vice president of new product development for Verizon Wireless and was responsible for the innovation, development and commercialization of consumer and business products. From 2005 to 2008, Gurnani served as the president of the West area for Verizon Wireless, responsible for the company's operations throughout the western United States. Gurnani was one of the founding officers of Verizon Wireless. Until 2005, he served as vice president and chief information officer, helping to oversee and complete the integration of the domestic wireless operations of Bell Atlantic, Vodafone AirTouch and GTE at the company’s inception in 2000. He had previously served as vice president and chief information officer at Bell Atlantic Mobile. Gurnani is a graduate of Auburn University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering.