AT&T Names Former FCC Chairman William Kennard to Lead Board of Directors

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Kennard succeeds Randall Stephenson, who has been serving as AT&T's chairman since stepping aside as CEO earlier this year.

Former FCC chairman and U.S. ambassador to the European Union William Kennard has been named chairman of the board of directors for telecom giant and WarnerMedia parent company AT&T. Kennard had been an AT&T director since 2014.

Kennard succeeds Randall Stephenson, who has been serving as AT&T's chairman since stepping aside as CEO earlier this year, and handing control of the company to John Stankey. Stephenson will officially retire from the company in January.

Kennard was general counsel for the FCC from 1993-1997, and President Clinton named him chairman in1997, a role he served in until 2001. President Obama appointed him ambassador to the E.U. in 2009, a role in which he served into 2013.

“Bill’s deep knowledge of communications, media and technology, proven leadership and broad experience across capital markets and government uniquely positions him to serve as AT&T’s new chairman,” Stephenson said in a statement. “He is an outstanding choice to lead our board of talented directors who possess diverse expertise and experience.”