Randall L. Stephenson
(born April 22, 1960) is an American business executive.
Stephenson is the current chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc. He succeeded Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. in 2007. He was senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, which he joined in 1982. He was elected as a director of AT&T Inc. in June 2005. He also serves as a director of AT&T Mobility and Emerson Electric Co.
He holds a B.S. from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MBA from the University of Oklahoma. Stephenson is also a current member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Stephenson is a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, the organization's governing body. He, as well as fellow boardmember James Turley, CEO of Ernst & Young, have publicly opposed the BSA's policy banning openly gay Scouts and stated their intention "to work from within the BSA Board to actively encourage dialogue and sustainable progress" in changing the policy.
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*1982 — Stephenson begins his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in the information-technology organization in Oklahoma.
*Late 1980s through 1990s — He progresses through a series of leadership positions in finance, including an international assignment in Mexico City.
*July 2001 — Stephenson is appointed Chief Financial Officer for SBC, helping the company reduce its net debt from $30 billion to near zero by early 2004.
*2003 to 2004 — Stephenson serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cingular Wireless.
*April 2004 — Stephenson is named Chief Operating Officer of SBC.
*December 2004 — President Bush announces his intention to appoint Stephenson to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.
*November 2005 — Stephenson continues as COO following SBC's acquisition of AT&T. He is responsible for all wireless and wireline operations at AT&T.
*April 2007 — AT&T announces Stephenson will succeed Chairman and Chief Executive Edward Whitacre when he retires in June.
*March 2011 — AT&T announces bid to purchase T-Mobile USA.
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