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Mark D. Nielsen

Mark D. Nielsen

Frontier Communications Corporation
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Stamford, CT, USA


Mark D. Nielsen is an attorney who has worked in the public and private sectors.

In the 1990s, Nielsen worked as a lawyer at the Hartford law firm of Murtha, Cullina, Richter & Pinney, while simultaneously serving in the Connecticut Legislature. Later, he served as Mitt Romney's legal counsel, and then chief of staff, when Romney was Governor of Massachusetts (2003–2007). Nielsen served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Raytheon Company from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Praxair, Inc. from 2009 to 2014.

Nielsen's current position is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR), at the company's headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. Frontier is the fourth largest ILEC telephone company in the United States. It provides wireline voice, data and video services to 3.2 million residential customers and 0.3 million business customers. Nielsen helped negotiate Frontier's $10.5 billion acquisition of Verizon's wireline properties in California, Texas and Florida, a transaction that was announced on February 5, 2015.

Nielsen was an advisor to Romney’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. In both campaigns, he served on Romney’s Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts.

Nielsen has argued appeals in the supreme courts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and is frequently quoted on the topics of corporate governance and compliance.

Nielsen is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. He resides in Ridgefield, CT and New York City with his wife and two children.

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