Nicola (Nicki) Palmer is Chief Network Officer for Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States. She is responsible for planning, engineering, building and operating Verizon Wireless’ industry-leading voice and data networks and oversees the design and deployment of the company’s 4G LTE network, the nation’s largest and the world’s most advanced wireless data network.
Palmer began her career at Bell Atlantic in 1990 and has held a number of leadership positions in engineering, operations, and program management supporting advanced data and IP products. During her career she also was responsible for the planning, design and operation of Verizon's global voice, data and IP networks, which span more than 2,600 cities in 150 countries touching six continents. She also led the engineering and operations of the fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which enables Verizon's FiOS data and TV services.
Active in a number of organizations including the National Academy Foundation, Palmer is a staunch advocate for women in business and promoting education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). In 2012 and 2013, she was included on Fierce Wireless’ list of the Most Influential Women in Wireless. Most recently the Girl Scouts of Greater NY honored Palmer with their 2013 Woman of Distinction award. In true MAKER fashion, Palmer spends much of her time coaching young women on their careers and speaking to groups of girls about the exciting possibilities of pursuing STEM education.
Palmer earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. She resides in Chester, NJ with her husband and three children.