Randall L. Stephenson is the current chairman and chief executive officer of ATT 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 ATT Inc. in June 2005. He also serves as a director of ATT Mobility and Emerson Electric Co.
ATT Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications corporation, headquartered at Whitacre Tower in downtown Dallas, Texas. ATT is the largest provider of mobile telephone and the largest provider offixed telephone in the United States, and also provides broadband subscription television services.
The current iteration of ATT Inc. began its existence as Southwestern Bell Corporation, one of seven Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC's) created in 1983 in the divestiture of parent companyAmerican Telephone and Telegraph Company (founded 1885, later ATT Corp.) due to the United States v. ATT antitrust lawsuit. Southwestern Bell changed its name to SBC Communications Inc. in 1995. In 2005, SBC purchased former parent ATT Corp. and took on its branding, with the merged entity naming itself ATT Inc. and using the iconic ATT Corp. logo and stock-trading symbol.
The current ATT reconstitutes much of the former Bell System and includes ten of the original 22 Bell Operating Companies, along with one it partially owned (Southern New England Telephone), and the original long distance division.