John Stankey

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John Stankey
John T. Stankey
Alma materLoyola Marymount University (BA)
UCLA Anderson School of Management (MBA)[1]
OccupationCEO of WarnerMedia, Board Member of UPS[2]
Known forAT&T Acquisitions of DirecTV, Time Warner

John T. Stankey (born 1962)[3] is the CEO of WarnerMedia, and former Chief Strategy Officer of AT&T.[4] Stankey led AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV and Time Warner (now WarnerMedia).[1][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Stankey was raised in Los Angeles, the youngest of three children.[6] His father was an insurance underwriter and his mother a housewife.[6] In the 1980s, he graduated with a B.A. in finance from Loyola Marymount University.[6] In 1985, he took a entry-level position with Pacific Bell.[6][7] In 1991, he earned a M.B.A. from UCLA.[6]


In 1995, after Southwestern Bell Corporation become SBC Communications, Stankey served as the Executive Vice President of Industry Markets beginning in 1998 becoming the Executive President of Industry Markets in 2000.[7] In 2001 Stankey became the President and CEO for SBC Southwest.[7] Stankey served as Chief Information Officer of the "new AT&T" after the merger of SBC with AT&T Corporation finalized in 2005 [8] becoming the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for AT&T, from 2008 to 2012, Stankey held various senior executive positions within AT&T and in January 2012, Stankey became the Chief Strategy Officer and Group President of AT&T Inc.[7] In 2015, Stankey become the CEO of AT&T Entertainment Group at AT&T Inc. and during the merger of Time Warner Inc. with AT&T Stankey served as the Senior Executive Vice President of AT&T/Time Warner Merger Integration Planning at AT&T Inc.[7]

Stankey sits on the Board of UPS.[7]

Since June 2018, Stankey has been the CEO of WarnerMedia which owns various media and film corporations previously under Time Warner including Warner Bros., HBO, Turner Broadcasting, and CNN.[9]


Stankey donated $2,000 to Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn's successful 2018 election campaign.[10]


  1. ^ a b "AT&T Leadership". Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Executive Profile: John T. Stankey". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "AT&T Inc. 2018 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Chmielewski, Dawn. "AT&T Veteran John Stankey Explains Why He's Restructuring WarnerMedia". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  5. ^ Cohan, William D. "What's Next for HBO?: With Plepler Out, Wall Street Scrutinizes AT&T's Reorg". The Hive. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  6. ^ a b c d e James, Meg (September 7, 2017). "AT&T's John Stankey hopes to avoid a disconnect in merger with Time Warner". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Bloomberg (March 9, 2019). "Executive Profile: John T. Stankey". Bloomberg.
  8. ^ "New AT&T Launches" (Press release). AT&T. November 18, 2005. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved September 29, 2007.
  9. ^ Flint, Joe (March 4, 2019). "AT&T Breaks Up Turner, Bulks Up Warner Bros. in Major WarnerMedia Overhaul". The Wall Street Journal.
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