Global Real Estate Head & SVP
John M. Vazquez joined Verizon in January of 2012 and is Sr. Vice President of Global Real Estate (GRE). In this role, he is responsible for over 101 million square feet of real estate, 4,700 facilities and 1,700 retail stores in 56 countries. He manages a group of more than 1,200 real estate professionals with an annual operating budget of over 2.5 billion dollars and directs efforts in the optimization of the Verizon portfolio. The diverse portfolio includes administrative facilities, central offices, garage work centers, co-working centers and retail space. Core to this, is leading the strategic direction of workplace strategy, leasing, asset management, design & construction, facility
management & services and energy management programs across the global Verizon footprint.
Under John’s leadership Global Real Estate has developed a multi-year transformational, strategic plan focused on improving the performance of real estate assets, transforming Verizon into an activity based workplace while proactively improving the physical real estate portfolio. Strategic programs include creating location strategies for labor and customer markets, improving operations & infrastructure, enhancing GRE capabilities and developing innovative approaches to space management and utilization. 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.
John’s vast knowledge and experience as a key innovator has led to recent appearances and interviews including Bloomberg News and American Builders Quarterly.
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). 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 the Board of Visitors for Sacred Heart University, served on the Engineering Board of Fairfield University and on various professional associations. John is actively involved in several public and community services, including ASPIRA, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters and the Special Olympics.