Jean McManus

Executive Director, Emerging Technologies


Jean McManus is the executive director of Emerging Technologies in Verizon Labs. She is responsible for product innovation with emerging technologies. She also is responsible for a product proof of concept lab in Irving, Texas. For more than 20 years, Jean has held both management and technical positions at Verizon in IP architecture, metro Ethernet architecture, network security, VoIP design, and optical network architecture. Early in her career, Jean worked at GTE Government Systems (formerly Contel Federal Systems) as a systems and security engineer. Jean was recognized by Fierce Telecom as both a 2011 Woman in Wireline and in a series entitled “Six Faces of IPv6” for her leadership at Verizon during the 2011 World IPv6 Day. She regularly champions Women in Tech initiatives within Verizon Labs including Women’s Developer Summits and Women’s Networking Circles. She was profiled in the 2016 book, “The Internet of Women: Accelerating Culture Change.” Jean received her PhD (Systems Engineering) and MSE (Electrical Engineering) from University of Pennsylvania and a BSE (Electrical Engineering) from Duke University. She holds two patents.