Tim Harden Named President and CEO of AT&T West
San Ramon, California, November 14, 2006
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today that Tim Harden has been named president and CEO of AT&T West, responsible for all company operations in California and Nevada, including network services and consumer and business sales.
Harden will report to Randall Stephenson, chief operating officer of AT&T Inc., and replaces Chuck Smith, who is retiring after 39 years of service with the company.
"Tim Harden is a proven telecommunications industry leader with a record of achievement gained in a series of increasingly responsible executive positions within our company," Stephenson said. "Tim will ensure customers in the AT&T West region continue to receive the broadest and most innovative array of integrated communications and entertainment services, together with the best possible customer care."
A 24-year veteran of AT&T companies, Harden most recently served as president of network services for AT&T Southwest, responsible for all installation, repair, construction and maintenance of the company's network infrastructure in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Under his leadership, AT&T deployed a new Internet Protocol (IP)-based network in the Southwest, the technology platform underlying AT&T U-versesm — the company's next-generation television and high-speed Internet service that launched in June 2006.
Previously, Harden served as president of enterprise business services — data and network services for SBC Operations, president of SBC Telecom and senior vice president of network engineering and planning for SBC Data Services.
A native Californian, Harden will be based in San Ramon. He returns to the state where he has spent the majority of his career, including company positions in network services, operations and customer service in Northern and Southern California. Harden joined Pacific Bell in 1982 from Caterpillar Tractor Company.
"I'm delighted to be coming home, especially at this important time in AT&T's rapid growth," Harden said. "We are excited about the prospect of bringing more competition in television services to California and Nevada and meeting the increasing customer demand for all telecommunications services in the West."
Harden graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and operations research. He currently serves on the board of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, and is a former board member of the California Symphony and past president of the U.S. Naval Academy Parents' Club of Northern California.
Harden and his wife have four grown children.
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