William E. Kennard is Chairman of the Board of Directors of AT&T, Inc., a post he assumed in January 2021 upon the retirement of Randall Stephenson.
From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Kennard served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, appointed by President Bill Clinton. Mr. Kennard had served as the FCC’s General Counsel. During his tenure at the FCC, he shaped policies that created an explosion of new wireless phones, Internet service, and investment in broadband technologies. He also implemented bold new policies to bridge the digital divide.
Mr. Kennard served as the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from December 2009 to August 2013, appointed by President Barack Obama. As Ambassador, he worked actively to promote transatlantic trade and investment and to eliminate regulatory barriers to commerce.
Before serving as an ambassador, Mr. Kennard was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, a global asset management firm, where he led private equity investments in the telecommunications and media sectors.
Upon returning from Brussels in 2013, Mr. Kennard co-founded and serves as Chairman of Velocitas Partners LLC, an asset management firm. He serves on several corporate boards, including Ford Motor Company and MetLife, Inc., and has also served on several nonprofit boards.
He has received many honors and awards including honorary degrees from Howard University, Gallaudet University, and Long Island University.
Mr. Kennard graduated from Stanford University and received his law degree from Yale Law School. Mr. Kennard and his wife, Deborah, have one son and divide their time between Washington, D.C, and Charleston, S.C.