John D. Zeglis

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John D. Zeglis
Residence Culver, Indiana
Education University of Illinois College of Business, Harvard Law School
Occupation President of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, President of AT&T, Chairman of AT&T Wireless, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AT&T Wireless
Children 3

John D. Zeglis (born 1947) served as the President of AT&T and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AT&T Wireless.

Early life[edit]

Zeglis grew up in the farming community of Momence, Illinois. His father, Donald, worked as a lawyer within the town. As a child, Zeglis enjoyed playing basketball and golf. Zeglis continued to play both sports in high school and graduated as a valedictorian.[1]

Zeglis attended the University of Illinois College of Business. Both of Zeglis's parents attended the University of Illinois and Zeglis thought the school was a natural fit. He noted, "Illinois was the big leagues, our Super Bowl...I used to go to football games, and I would think, `Wouldn't it be great to be in school here?' Going to the University of Illinois was perfectly natural." As a student, Zeglis served as the house president of Beta Theta Pi and was a member of Sigma Iota Epsilon. He attained admission to two major honor societies including Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. He graduated Bronze Tablet in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance.[1]

After attending the University of Illinois, Zeglis gained admission to Harvard Law School. He served as the senior editor to the Harvard Law Review and graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctorate in 1972.[1]

Law Career[edit]

Zeglis began his career in 1973 at the law firm now known as Sidley Austin, one of the largest law firms based out of Chicago, Illinois. He became a partner five years later. While at Sidley, Zeglis worked on the AT&T account during the antitrust lawsuit United States v. AT&T — which resulted in the breakup of the AT&T/Bell System. By 1984, AT&T had successfully broken up into the "Baby Bells". Soon after, Zeglis joined AT&T as a vice-president and general counsel.[1]

Mad Ants[edit]

In 2007, Zeglis helped found the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, an NBA D-League Team. They were the first minor league NBA team in Fort Wayne since the Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association. Zeglis served as the President of the Mad Ants. The team won an NBA D-League title in 2014. In September of 2015, the Indiana Pacers bought the Mad Ants, and they became the Pacers' one-on-one affiliate. The Mad Ants play in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Boards and other associations[edit]

Zeglis has served on a number of corporate, educational, and philanthropic boards.[2] A list of these affiliations is provided below.


  1. ^ a b c d "John Zeglis: A Standout". Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  2. ^ "UIUC College of Business: Class Notes". Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  3. ^ "State Farm: Meet Our Board Of Directors". Retrieved 2012-04-10.