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John Donovan steps down as CEO of AT&T Communications

Christian Wylonis · August 26, 2019
John Donovan
John Donovan, former CEO of AT&T Communications

John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, has announced his intention to retire effective October 1, 2019. Donovan was responsible for the bulk of AT&T’s global telecommunications and U.S. video services businesses, including its Business, Mobility and Entertainment, and Technology & Operations groups. The news comes amid several big changes in the streaming service industry including a rebranding of DIRECTV NOW to AT&T TV NOW.

“JD is a terrific leader and a tech visionary who helped drive AT&T’s leadership in connecting customers, from our 5G, fiber and FirstNet buildouts, to new products and platforms, to setting the global standard for software-defined networks,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and CEO. “He led the way in encouraging his team to continuously innovate and develop their skill sets for the future. We greatly appreciate his many contributions to our company’s success and his untiring dedication to serving customers and making our communities better. JD is a good friend, and I wish him and his family all the best in the years ahead.”

Donovan joined AT&T in 2008 as Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the company’s global technology direction and innovation road map. He was then promoted to AT&T’s Chief Strategy Officer and Group President—AT&T Technology and Operations, before being named CEO of AT&T Communications in July 2017. Donovan, 58, was nearing the company’s retirement age of 60, but his departure was still unexpected, The WSJ also said. AT&T will name a replacement for Donovan soon according to a statement.

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