John D. deButts

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John D. deButts
Born 1915
Died December 18, 1986(1986-12-18)
Winchester, Virginia
Nationality American
Occupation Chairman & CEO at
AT&T, Inc. (1972-1979)

John D. deButts (1915-1986) was an American businessman. He served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T from 1972 to 1979.[1][2][3]


After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, where he studied electrical engineering. He received a bachelor's degree in 1936. He served as President of Illinois Bell.[2] From 1972 to 1979, he served as Chairman and CEO of AT&T.[1][2][3] He objected to the United States federal government's antitrust efforts to break up AT&T.[2][3] In 1984, he was dismayed by the decision to break up the Bell System's twenty-three operating companies.[3]

He served as Chairman of The Business Council from 1977 to 1978.[4]

He resided in a family farm in Upperville, Virginia.[1] He died of a heart attack in Winchester, Virginia on December 18, 1986.[1]