Vice President – Communications at Tellabs
George Stenitzer is vice president-corporate and marketing communications at Tellabs, which provides network equipment to deliver mobile, Internet and telecom services. At Tellabs, George leads an international team that handles all internal and external communications. His experience ranges from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He served R.R. Donnelley as vice president of corporate communications; Ameritech as director of corporate positioning, media relations and financial communications; SBC Communications as manager of financial communications and media relations; Southwestern Bell Telecom, an SBC start-up, as manager of marketing communications, advertising and trade shows; Consolidated Aluminum as advertising and sales promotion manager; and Sverdrup Corporation as marketing communications manager. He began his career in newspapers, serving as editor of the Alton (Ill.) Citizen and three sister newspapers, including a start-up. George speaks on marketing communications, branding, annual reports and media relations to the Business Marketing Association (BMA), the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), the Conference Board, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and others. He serves on the board of the Chicago BMA, and is a past president of the Chicago and St. Louis chapters of the BMA. He has also served as a director of the Chicago chapters of the PRSA and NIRI. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Oswego, where he kayaks on the Fox River.