John D. Zeglis

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John D. Zeglis
Born May 2, 1947
Momence, Illinois, USA
Residence Culver, Indiana
Education University of Illinois (B.S.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Occupation Business executive
Children 3

John D. Zeglis (born May 2, 1947) is an American business executive. He has served as the president of AT&T and the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of AT&T Wireless.

Early life and education[edit]

Zeglis grew up in the farming community of Momence, Illinois. His father, Donald, worked as a lawyer. Zeglis played basketball and golf in high school and graduated as valedictorian.[1]

He attended the University of Illinois College of Business. Both parents attended the University of Illinois and Zeglis thought the school was a natural fit. While there, he served as the house president of Beta Theta Pi and was a member of Sigma Iota Epsilon. He was admitted to Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. He graduated in 1969, with a bachelor of science degree in finance.[1]

After attending the University of Illinois, he attended Harvard Law School, where he served as the senior editor of 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, in Chicago, Illinois. He became a partner five years later. While there, he worked on the defense of the AT&T account during the antitrust lawsuit United States v. AT&T — and when the case resulted in the breakup of the AT&T/Bell System, he helped restructure the system. By 1984, AT&T had successfully broken up into the "baby Bells". Soon after, he joined AT&T as a vice-president and general counsel.[1]

NBA D-League[edit]

In 2007, Zeglis helped found the Fort Wayne Mad Ants,[2] an NBA D-League Team. When created, they were the first minor league basketball 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 2015, the Indiana Pacers bought the Mad Ants, and they became the Pacers' one-on-one affiliate. The Mad Ants play at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Board service[edit]

Zeglis has served on a number of corporate, educational and philanthropic boards of trustees and directors. The list includes the Sara Lee Corporation, Helmerich and Payne Corporation, Illinova, the Brookings Institution, Culver Education Foundation, the Kellogg School of Management, State Farm, the UIUC College of Business, Mutual Automobile Insurance and chairman of the board of trustees at George Washington University.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "John Zeglis: A Standout". Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Home - Fort Wayne Mad Ants". Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  3. ^ "UIUC College of Business: Class Notes". Retrieved 2008-05-17.