AT&T Senior Leadership Spotlight: Randall L. Stephenson
Randall Stephenson is chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc., a global leader in video entertainment and fast, highly secure mobile connectivity to everything on the Internet – at every moment and on every device.
Mr. Stephenson was named to his current position in 2007. In the years since, AT&T has built a best-in-class nationwide wireless network, serving more than 132 million subscribers in the U.S. and Mexico. It has deployed wired high-speed Internet service to 57 million customer locations and high-speed fiber connections to nearly 900,000 U.S. business locations. And it plans to extend its high-speed mobile Internet service to 100 million people and businesses in Mexico by 2018.
AT&T is the largest pay-TV provider in the U.S. and the world, with 26 million customers in the U.S. and more than 19 million customers in Latin America, offering a unique TV Everywhere experience, whether it’s traditional TV, streamed over the Internet or displayed on a mobile device.
In addition, AT&T has established a leadership position with a number of new mobile and cloud-based services including connected cars, wireless home automation and security, and machine-to-machine connectivity.
Today, AT&T is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies with more than $132 billion in 2014 revenues and 31 consecutive years of dividend growth. Over the past six years, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. During that time, the company invested nearly $140 billion including capital investments, investment in its wireless and wireline networks, and acquisitions of wireless spectrum and operations.
At Mr. Stephenson’s direction, the company launched AT&T Aspire in 2008, a philanthropic program to help improve college and career readiness for students at risk of dropping out of high school. With a financial commitment of more than $350 million, AT&T Aspire marks the largest education initiative in the company’s history. Mr. Stephenson also has led AT&T’s breakthrough “It Can Wait” campaign – an education and awareness program encouraging people to never text while driving, which has amassed more than 7 million pledges.
Mr. Stephenson began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982 in Oklahoma. He served as the company’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2004, and from 2004 to 2007 he served as the company’s chief operating officer. He was appointed to AT&T’s board of directors in 2005.
Mr. Stephenson is chairman of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. He also is a member of the board of directors of Emerson Electric Co., a member of the PGA TOUR Policy Board, and a National Executive Board member of the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Stephenson received his B.S. in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Master of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.
Interview at the 2013 Mobile World Congress - ShareATT
— February 25, 2013