William A. Blase Jr.
Senior Executive Vice President — Human Resources
Bill Blase is Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources, with responsibility for the development and implementation of human resources policies and practices in support of AT&T's global workforce, as well as the company's relationship with the unions that represent AT&T employees.
From December 2005 to June 2007, Mr. Blase served as Executive Vice President, Labor Relations. Before that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of SBC Southwest, where he was responsible for overall leadership in the SBC Southwest and SBC Southern New England Telephone (SNET) regions, including network, consumer and business sales and external affairs.
From April 2001 to June 2003, Mr. Blase served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SBC SNET, with overall responsibility for the company's wireline operations in Connecticut. Previously, Mr. Blase was President-External Affairs for Pacific Bell, where he was responsible for all regulatory, legislative, governmental and external affairs activities.
Mr. Blase began his career with SBC at Southwestern Bell in 1979 as a customer services supervisor in the Business Marketing Organization in St. Louis. After holding a variety of positions in the marketing, revenues and public affairs organizations for Southwestern Bell and in investor relations for SBC, he became Director-Federal Regulatory for SBC in Washington, D.C.
In 1994, Mr. Blase was appointed Executive Director-Regulatory Matters for Southwestern Bell in Kansas and returned to St. Louis two years later as Managing Director-Regulatory and External Affairs for SBC. He became President-Kansas for Southwestern Bell in 1997. Later that year, he was appointed Vice President-Regulatory for Pacific Bell, where he was responsible for state regulatory relations, strategy and implementation for formal proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission and the development of regulatory public policy.
Mr. Blase is a member of the board of trustees at Saint Louis University and the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. He also serves on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Animal Rescue Foundation.
Mr. Blase was born and raised in St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Loyola University, a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri at St. Louis and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Saint Louis University.
In addition, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Finance at George Mason University.