Randall L. Stephenson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T
Randall was named to his current position in 2007. Since then, AT&T has invested to become a global leader in the rapidly converging telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) space, providing integrated solutions that range from premium video entertainment, high-speed Internet and mobility to IP network services, security and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Today, AT&T is the largest pay TV provider in the United States and one of the largest in the world. The company offers video entertainment to more than 25 million customers in the United States and almost 20 million customers in Latin America, including SKY México.
In North America, AT&T covers nearly 400 million people with its 4G LTE network and has nearly 147 million wireless subscribers. The company provides high-speed Internet connections to 60 million U.S. customer locations; ultra-fast fiber connections covering nearly 4 million U.S. locations; global IP network services that connect nearly 3.5 million businesses on 6 continents, representing 99% of the world's economy; and more than 31 million IoT devices and sensors connected to its network.
AT&T is one of the world's largest companies in TMT, with more than $163 billion in 2016 revenues and 33 consecutive years of dividend growth. Over the past 5 years, AT&T has invested over $140 billion in the United States, including capital investments in wireless and wireline networks and acquisitions of wireless spectrum and operations.
The company has committed $400 million since 2008 to its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and the workplace. Randall also has led AT&T's breakthrough "It Can Wait" campaign — an education and awareness program educating drivers that distracted driving is never OK. The program has amassed more than 14 million pledges of support.
Randall began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982 in Oklahoma. He served as the company's senior executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2004, and from 2004 to 2007 he served as chief operating officer. He was appointed to AT&T's board of directors in 2005.
He is a member of the board of directors of Emerson Electric Co. and Boeing, a member of the PGA TOUR Policy Board, and National President of the Boy Scouts of America. Randall received his B.S. in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Master of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.