Randall L. Stephenson is chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president of AT&T Inc. He was appointed to the position in 2007.
Since becoming chairman, Mr. Stephenson has strengthened AT&T’s position as the world’s largest telecommunications company and as a global leader in mobile broadband and IP-based business communications services. Under his leadership, AT&T also has accelerated its growth in advanced TV services and is a leader in local search advertising.
Mr. Stephenson previously served as the company’s chief operating officer, from 2004 to 2007, with responsibility for all wireless and wired operations, and as senior executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Stephenson was appointed to AT&T’s board of directors in 2005.
Born in Oklahoma City, Mr. Stephenson began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982 in the information technology organization in Oklahoma. He then progressed through a series of leadership positions including an assignment in Mexico City as SBC International’s director of finance, overseeing SBC’s ownership interest in Teléfonos de México. In 1996 he was named controller for SBC Communications. Mr. Stephenson also served as senior vice president for consumer marketing.
Under Mr. Stephenson’s leadership, AT&T announced the largest education initiative in company history – AT&T Aspire – a $100-million philanthropic program to help strengthen student success and workforce readiness.
He is a member of the board of directors of Emerson Electric Co., a National Executive Board member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and chairman of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Campaign for 2011.