AT&T Named One of the North American Top Companies for Leaders by Aon Hewitt, The RBL Group and FORTUNE

Dallas, Texas, November 03, 2011

AT&T* has been named to the 2011 list of North American Top Companies for Leaders. The Top Companies for Leaders is the most comprehensive study of organizational leadership in the world, and is conducted by Aon Hewitt, the global resource consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corporation (NYSE: AON), in partnership with The RBL Group, a strategic HR and leadership systems advisory firm, and FORTUNE.

An expert panel of independent judges selected and ranked winners based on criteria including strength of leadership practices and culture, examples of leader development on a global scale, impact of leadership in communities in which they operate, business performance, and company reputation.

“In every part of our business, we have thousands of outstanding leaders who are helping to transform the way our customers connect with their world,” said AT&T Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson. “This award recognizes the high level of leadership they display, and I am very proud of every one of them.”  

When comparing the Top Companies with more than 470 other companies worldwide, Aon Hewitt identified a common characteristic that sets them apart from their peers – Top Companies are committed to building leadership capability within their organizations.

“Aon Hewitt would like to congratulate AT&T as being named one of the North American Top Companies for Leaders,” said Pete Sanborn, global leader of the Talent and Organization Practice with Aon Hewitt.  “Through our research, it’s clear that Top Companies such as AT&T understand the connection between investing in leaders and financial success. Leaders at these organizations are passionate and committed.  They have a focus on talent and developing leaders in a manner that is aligned with business goals.”

About the Top Companies for Leaders Study  

With more than 1,200 data points and 900 executive interviews, the Aon Hewitt 2011 Top Companies for Leaders Study is the most comprehensive, global research on leadership in the market, examining the link between leadership practices and financial results.  This study explores how organizations assess, select, develop, and reward leaders, and examines the execution of leadership practices, as well as the strategy that guides it.  To learn more or to download a copy of this study, please visit

Aon Hewitt, The RBL Group and FORTUNE utilized a three-step screening process to identify the finalist companies. This included assessing survey responses, conducting in-depth interviews and analyzing financial performance in relation to industry. Aon Hewitt provided this information to a panel of independent judges in each region to select and rank a 2011 Top Companies for Leaders list in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.