Randall L. Stephenson is the Executive Chairman of AT&T.
After serving as Chairman and CEO for 13 years, Randall Stephenson became Executive Chairman of AT&T’s Board of Directors on July 1, 2020, a position he will serve in through January 2021.
As Chairman and CEO, Randall led AT&T’s transformation aligned with two major trends: First, that consumers will continue to spend more time viewing premium content where they want, when they want and how they want. And second, that businesses and consumers alike will continue to demand more connectivity, bandwidth, mobility and software-based entertainment.
Today, AT&T’s businesses are built around:
- Advanced, high-capacity wireless and fiber networks built on a foundation of high-quality spectrum. Coupled with its ongoing investments in nationwide 5G, AT&T provides the bandwidth consumers need as they increasingly engage with premium, mobile-centric video content. In addition, the company delivers highly secure, smart solutions to nearly 3 million businesses worldwide – from small companies to nearly all the Fortune 1000.
- Scaled capabilities to produce premium TV, theatrical and gaming content through WarnerMedia, a global leader in culturally relevant storytelling. The launch of HBO Max has paired AT&T’s strengths in both creating and distributing premier content to deliver a world-class streaming experience to millions of customers.
With more than $180 billion in 2019 revenues, AT&T today is one of the world’s largest companies in the technology, media and telecom space. It has delivered 36 consecutive years of quarterly dividend growth. And between 2015 and 2019, AT&T invested more than $135 billion in its network, including capital investments and acquisitions of spectrum and operations. Over that same period, it invested more in the U.S. than any other public company.
Randall led AT&T’s $550 million signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and the workplace. He also led AT&T’s breakthrough “It Can Wait” campaign – an education and awareness program to reduce distracted driving. The program has amassed more than 40 million pledges of support.
Under his guidance, AT&T strengthened its leadership in diversity and inclusion, including being named #1 on DiversityInc’s 2019 ranking of U.S. companies’ success in diversity, and the 2018 launch of WarnerMedia’s industry-first Diversity and Inclusion Policy for talent in front of and behind the camera.
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 was chief operating officer. He was appointed to AT&T’s board of directors in 2005.