Randall L. Stephenson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Randall Stephenson is chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc., a global leader in providing fast, highly secure and mobile connectivity to everything on the Internet – everywhere, 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 120 million subscribers. Additionally, AT&T has deployed wired high-speed Internet service to 57 million customer locations, and high-speed fiber connections to 725,000 U.S. business locations.
Soon, AT&T will become the largest pay TV provider when it completes its pending acquisition of DIRECTV, which operates in the U.S. and in 11 Latin American countries.
With the acquisition of Iusacell and plans to to acquire Nextel Mexico, the company is expanding its mobile network into Mexico to bring the mobile Internet revolution to millions more people.
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.
In addition to its business leadership, in 2008 AT&T launched AT&T Aspire, a philanthropic program to help improve college/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 6 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.
In addition to his leadership of AT&T, 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.