John M. Vazquez joined the Verizon Chief Administrative Office in January of 2012 as Sr. Vice President of Global Real Estate. In this role, he is responsible for over 110 million square feet of real estate and 4,500 facilities in 54 countries. He manages a group of more than 600 real estate professionals and directs efforts in the optimization of the Verizon portfolio. Core to this is leading the strategic direction of facility management and services, asset management, design & construction and energy management programs across the Verizon footprint.
Under John’s leadership Global Real Estate has developed a three-year transformational, strategic plan focused on improving the performance of real estate assets while proactively improving the physical real estate portfolio. Strategic programs include developing location strategies for labor and customer markets, improving operations & infrastructure and enhancing GRE capabilities. A social focus is maintained on managing demand and supply side energy management transformation with fuel cell and solar technology to reduce carbon footprint and improve environmental stewardship.
Current successes have included a leading edge strategic operations partnership with Cushman & Wakefield and Jones Lang LaSalle; transitioning Global Real Estate systems to industry leading processes; delivering a Workplace Mobility program that delivers new smart phone and tablet technology solutions to the multi-generational work place; implementing a Workplace Improvements program to enhance the workplace and improve employee amenities.
Prior to his position at Verizon, John served as Vice President of Vendor Sourcing and Corporate Services as well as Chief Procurement Officer at MetLife (2004 – 2012) in New York City. He has also held positions at JP Morgan Chase (1993 – 2003) as SVP Director of Global Facilities and at IBM (1983 – 1993) as Real Estate Program Manager for HQ Operations.
John received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1984 and an MBA from Sacred Heart University in 1993. John serves on various professional associations and is actively involved in several public and community services at work and in his hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut.