John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, announced his intention to retire effective October 1. For the past two years, Donovan has led AT&T Inc.’s (NYSE:T) largest business unit, AT&T Communications, 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. The carrier plans to name Donovan’s replacement soon.
“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 AT&T Chairman/CEO Randall Stephenson. “He led the way in encouraging his team to continuously innovate and develop their skill sets for the future.”
Donovan plans to spend more time with his family. He 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 the company’s Chief Strategy Officer and Group President—AT&T Technology and Operations, before being named CEO of AT&T Communications in July 2017.