McElfresh Named CEO of AT&T Communications, Stankey Promoted
Tuesday, September 03, 2019 | Comments

AT&T executive Jeff McElfresh was named CEO of AT&T Communications, replacing John Donovan, who announced his retirement last month. McElfresh will lead AT&T’s largest business unit, AT&T Communications, a global telecom firm serving 100 million mobile, broadband and pay TV customers in the United States, and millions of business customers, including nearly all of the Fortune 1000.

John Stankey was appointed president and chief operating officer of AT&T Inc., effective Oct. 1, a new position reporting to Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. Stankey will also continue serving as CEO of WarnerMedia.

Reporting to Stankey in his expanded role will be McElfresh; his current WarnerMedia executive team; and Brian Lesser, CEO of Xandr.

“Now is the time to more tightly align our collection of world-class content, scaled consumer relationships, technical know-how and innovative advertising technology,” said Stephenson. “It’s the natural next step in bringing together the distinct and complimentary capabilities of AT&T Communications, WarnerMedia and Xandr to deliver for consumers the benefits of a modern media company. “John is an outstanding executive who has led nearly every area of our business, helped shape our strategy and excelled at operations throughout his career. The board and I look forward to John hitting the ground running in his new role as president and COO,” Stephenson said. “And I’m excited to have Jeff leading our communications business into the future. He is an accomplished leader with experience across our business — from strategy, technology and network, to marketing, operations and customer experience. This past year, Jeff led the team that won AT&T recognition for having the best, fastest and most reliable wireless network in the country,” Stephenson said.

McElfresh, 48, has nearly 25 years of experience with AT&T in a variety of strategic, operational and technology leadership roles. Before being named to lead AT&T Communications, McElfresh was president of AT&T Communications’ technology and operations group where he was responsible for the company’s network, technology, cybersecurity, data and labs operations. Stankey, 56, joined AT&T in 1985 and has served in a variety of leadership roles.

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