Ralph de la Vega
Ralph de la Vega, a native of Cuba, since October 2008 is president and CEO of AT&T Mobility. Previously, he had been in charge at Cingular Wireless and assumed further responsibilities when AT&T consolidated. Before that, he was the President of Latin America Operations, and the President of Broadband and Internet Services for BellSouth's operations in ten countries (Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia,Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala).
De la Vega started his career in 1974 with BellSouth (then Southern Bell) as a management assistant. Over the years he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Network Planning, Consumer Services, Engineering, DSL and Operations, including a rotational assignment at Telcordia (Bellcore). He was responsible for all BellSouth Telecommunications Network Operations in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
De la Vega was selected Executive of the Year by the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting and has been listed as one of America’s “50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business.” He is on the board of Junior Achievement of Georgia, where he serves as the chairman of the JA Hispanic Initiative, a program to encourage Hispanic students to remain in school and prepare for success in the U.S. business world. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, the organization's governing body and is a board member for the Georgia chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.
De la Vega was featured in HBO's "The Latino List pt.2" where he discussed his background along with other impactful Latinos.
De la Vega holds a bachelor's degree of science in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University, and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. With Paul Brown he has written Obstacles Welcome: How to Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life. Thomas Nelson. 2009. ISBN 978-1-59555-264-8.
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