Randall L. Stephenson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Randall Stephenson is chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc., a global leader in mobile Internet services and IP-based business communications solutions.
Mr. Stephenson was named to his current position in 2007. In the years since, AT&T has dramatically transformed its nationwide U.S. wireless business with a best-in-class network and more than 100 million subscribers. AT&T also has enhanced its advanced enterprise capabilities, serving millions of business customers including multinational companies on six continents, and its fast-growing AT&T U-verse platform for integrated TV, data and voice services now has 10.7 million total subscribers. AT&T also has established a leadership position with a number of new mobile and cloud-based services including connected cars, wireless home automation and security, machine-to-machine connectivity, and wireless business solutions.
Today, AT&T is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies with nearly $129 billion in 2013 revenues and 30 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 - and more than $140 billion for capital and acquisitions of spectrum and wireless operations combined.
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 more than 5 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.