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Randall Stephenson

Randall Stephenson

Randall L. Stephenson is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of AT&T Inc. He was appointed to the position in 2007.

Since becoming chairman, Mr. Stephenson has strengthened AT&T's position as the world's largest telecommunications company by focusing on mobility and broadband access to the Internet. Today, AT&T has established leading positions in wireless smartphones, wireless data, global business solutions, broadband, voice and local search advertising, and is continuing to gain momentum in video entertainment.

Mr. Stephenson previously served as the company's chief operating officer, from April 2004 to June 2007, where he was responsible for all wireless and wired operations, and as senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for SBC Communications (today AT&T), from August 2001 to May 2004.

Mr. Stephenson was appointed to AT&T's board of directors in 2005.

Born in Oklahoma City, Mr. Stephenson began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982 in the information technology organization in Oklahoma. He then progressed through a series of leadership positions including an assignment in Mexico City as SBC International's director of finance, overseeing SBC's ownership interest in Telefonos de Mexico. In 1996 he was named controller for SBC Communications. Additionally, Mr. Stephenson served as senior vice president-Consumer Marketing.

Under Mr. Stephenson's leadership, AT&T announced the largest education initiative in company history - AT&T Aspire - a $100 million philanthropic program to help strengthen student success and workforce readiness.

He is a member of the board of directors of Emerson Electric Co., a national board member of the Boy Scouts of America and is chairman of the 2009-2010 corporate campaign of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Mr. Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Oklahoma.