Verizon and Sprint Nextel appoint new GC

Verizon and Sprint Nextel appoint new GCTwo of the largest US telecoms companies Verizon and Sprint Nextel have replaced their general ­counsel within two weeks of each other.

Verizon general counsel William Barr has retired after a 14-year legal career in the telecoms industry, to be replaced by Verizon ­Business general counsel Randal Milch. Barr will leave at the end of the year following a handover ­period.

Barr has been general counsel since 2000, when the company was formed through the merger of GTE and Bell Atlantic. Before that he was the US ­Attorney General under George Bush between 1991 and 1993.

Verizon chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg said: “Randy’s among the most skilled attorneys in our industry and we’re very ­fortunate to be able to expand ;his ;ability ;to ­contribute to our ­business.”

Meanwhile, Sprint ­Nextel general counsel Leonard Kennedy quit the company after it relocated its headquarters from Virginia to Kansas.

Kennedy ;has ;been replaced ;by ;Charles ­Wunsch, who has been with Sprint Nextel since 1990 and was head of legal for M&A before his promotion.