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Sam Bastia

Verizon
VP, Strategy

Sam Bastia, currently, leads overall strategy, investing, strategic planning and innovation for Verizon Labs – and heads its Strategy Division. In this role, he has responsibility for conceiving and launching new business initiatives for this Fortune 15 Company.  Mr. Bastia has more than 20 years of executive experience in both Fortune 100 and Start-up corporations.  In his career, Mr. Bastia has executed more than $6 billion dollars in merger and acquisition transactions and launched dozens of commercially viable lines of business.

Mr. Bastia was previously Vice President, Strategy for Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley. He was also a founding Vice President of Breakaway Solutions, which he helped take public in 1999 at a valuation of $4 billion dollars.  He previously was a Management Consultant focused on market entry for technology products.

Mr. Bastia graduated with a degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.