Ralph de la Vega
President and CEO, AT&T Mobility
Ralph de la Vega is President and CEO of AT&T Mobility, a position he has held since 2007. Under his leadership, AT&T Mobility has become one of the world's leading smartphone and mobile Internet providers and is expanding into new growth areas such as home security and automation; connected cars; and mobile payments.
Mr. de la Vega previously served as chief operating officer of Cingular Wireless, with responsibility for technology planning, network operations, marketing, sales and customer care.
Before joining Cingular in January 2004, he served as president-BellSouth Latin America.
Mr. de la Vega started his career in 1974 with BellSouth (then Southern Bell) as a management assistant.
Mr. de la Vega serves on the boards of New York Life Insurance Company, the Georgia Aquarium, Morehouse College and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
As a strong believer in community service, Mr. de la Vega actively supports nonprofit and youth organizations, serving as chairman of All-Markets Initiatives for the Boy Scouts of America and previously as chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide. In 2013, he was honored with the Boy Scouts' highest commendation - the Silver Buffalo Award - recognizing his distinguished service to youth.
Mr. de la Vega has received numerous awards recognizing his leadership, including inductions into the Atlanta Business Hall of Fame and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Alumni Hall of Fame. He is featured in the HBO original documentary, "The Latino List," which profiles notable and influential Latinos in America. In 2011, he received the prestigious Global Innovation Award from the business school at Emory University.
Mr. de la Vega has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a master's degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University. He completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia and received an honorary doctorate from FAU.
He is the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).
A native of Cuba, Mr. de la Vega and his family live in Atlanta, GA.