John Stephens is senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, with responsibility for financial planning, corporate development, accounting, tax, auditing, treasury, investor relations, corporate real estate and shared services for AT&T. Together these functions represent nearly 16,000 employees. Stephens was appointed to his current position in June 2011.
Previously, Stephens served as senior vice president and controller, with responsibility for all financial reporting and operational reporting, accounting policy, business planning and regulatory reporting for AT&T. He also served as chief financial officer for the diversified business unit and was responsible for all corporate tax and shared services. He was named to that position in November 2001.
Prior to serving as controller, Stephens served as vice president of taxes, where he oversaw all corporate tax matters, a position to which he was appointed in August 2000. He previously served as managing director of taxes, where he had similar corporate tax responsibilities. He was named to that position in 1995.
Stephens joined the company as director of federal taxes in St. Louis in 1992. Prior to joining the company, he served as a tax senior manager with Ernst & Young in St. Louis. His career also includes service as a member of the tax staff of Peat Marwick & Mitchell in Kansas City.
Stephens earned his B.S.B.A. degree in accounting from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He also holds a J.D. degree from Saint Louis University's Law School. He has served on the board of directors of América Móvil, an international provider of telecommunications service. Additionally, he serves on the audit committee of the board of directors of a large privately held retailer and on the board of directors of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. Stephens serves on an advisory board to the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, is on the boards of the United Way of Dallas and Catholic Charities of Dallas and has also served on the boards of numerous educational and social service organizations.
Stephens and his wife, Michele, have been married 36 years and have six children.