AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today announced the appointment of Krish Prabhu as president and CEO of AT&T Labs. Prabhu replaces retiring president and CEO Keith Cambron, who has led AT&T Labs since 2005.
Prabhu, who will be based in Dallas, brings valuable experience in research, corporate leadership and innovation, and venture funding to AT&T. His telecoms industry career began in 1980 at the former AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has served in several telecoms executive positions, including as chief executive officer of Alcatel USA and Tellabs. He also has worked with the start-up and developer communities as a venture capitalist.
"Krish has a passion for innovation that fits our culture, and the right professional experience to lead AT&T Labs at a dynamic time in our innovation program," said John Donovan, AT&T Chief Technology Officer. “He’ll be a key driver for AT&T’s innovation strategy, which focuses on creating an open environment and bringing the best minds together to deliver the best products and services for our customers.”
"AT&T Labs is one of the world’s all-time great innovation engines, with more than 1,200 leading scientists and engineers generating more than two patentable ideas a day,” said Prabhu. "The opportunity to lead this team is a professional dream come true.”
Prabhu holds a Master of Science degree in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors at the School of Engineering. In addition, he is a life member of the Development Board of the University of Texas at Dallas.