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AT&T pushing out execs over economic fears?

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Mon March 31, 2008

ATT Pushing Out Execs

AT&T has been quietly been ushering out executives to drive its top-level costs down, say sources speaking with Om Malik. The telecoms firm has reportedly been offering severance packages to vice presidents in the company with threats of being demoted from their executive positions if they decline. The goal is to ultimately reduce the total number of executives and lower the company's overall payroll costs, according to the claims.

The reshuffling of senior staffers is believed to stem from worries that a struggling US economy will affect AT&T's own finances, though the alleged source did not explain what changes were primarily driving the company's concerns. AT&T has often been partly insulated from economic issues by offering essential phone services but may see customers scale back or disconnect more optional features such as high-speed Internet access and smartphone plans.

An additional report also suggests that the company is refocusing the executives it keeps, with former VeriSign executive John Donavon brought on to head up the carrier's network expansion while former USi head Andrew Stern has left the company relatively soon after AT&T acquired the company. No reasons have been given for these latest shifts.

by MacNN Staff





  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Seems fair

    Large corporations lay off lower level employees despite performance with tiny severance packages. They should be able to do the same to upper level employees too.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Finally, they have discovered where all their money is going.

  1. gorbag

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Sounds like new raw materials for Torgo's Executive Powder...

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good AT&T

    Usually you hear about raising prices AND reducing services with big execs getting huge raises and million dollar bonuses (like Crime Warner). So it;'s really good to hear about at least one mega-corp. that seems to be doing the right thing.

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