Board of Directors
As the former Senior Vice President for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Ms. Diefenderfer has over 28 years of experience with more than 10 years in executive leadership positions in Verizon Communications. Before retiring in 2012, she led a 10,000-person global customer care organization for Verizon's over 25,000 business customers. As the head of Strategic Sourcing, she managed over $10 Billion of procurement for Verizon and achieved hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the firm. Her other roles include Global Network Planning, Engineering, and Operations organizations of over 8,000 employees.
Ms. Diefenderfer serves on the Tufts University Board of Trustees and its School of Engineering Board of Advisors. Internal to Verizon, she has served on the boards of the Minority Multicultural Association of NYNEX, Women's Association of Verizon Employees, and the Asian Focus Group. Mrs. Diefenderfer was featured in the 1999 Crain's New York Business "40 under 40," as one of 40 young "rising stars" and was a member of the 1999 class of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program. In addition, she received the 1999 Corporate Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans, the 2001 Star Award from the New York Women's Agenda, 2002 Corporate Leadership Award from Asian Women in Business, and the 2005 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Diefenderfer immigrated to the US when she was 13 years old. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, and an MBA from Babson College.