John D. deButts
|John D. deButts|
|Died||December 18, 1986
|Occupation||Chairman & CEO at
AT&T, Inc. (1972-1979)
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. From 1972 to 1979, he served as Chairman and CEO of AT&T. He objected to the United States federal government's antitrust efforts to break up AT&T. In 1984, he was dismayed by the decision to break up the Bell System's twenty-three operating companies.
- Eric N. Berg, John D. deButts, Ex-Chairman of A.T.&T., Is Dead, The New York Times, December 18, 1986
- John D. deButts, 71, former chairman and chief executive..., The Chicago Tribune, December 21, 1986
- John deButts, Former AT&T Chief, Dies : Opposed U.S. Action to Break Up Communications Conglomerate, The Los Angeles Times, December 19, 1986
- The Business Council, Official website, Background Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.