David W. Dorman

AAA

DEFINITION of 'David W. Dorman'

A former president, CEO and chairman of AT&T. He entered the telecommunications industry in 1981 with Sprint, where he worked his way up to president. Dorman has also been CEO of Concert, PointCast and Pacific Bell. When SBC acquired Pacific Bell, he became executive vice president at SBC. He became president of AT&T in December 2000 and was its chairman and CEO from 2002 to 2006, leaving the company shortly after its merger with SBC.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'David W. Dorman'

Dorman was born in 1954 in Georgia and earned his bachelor of science degree with high honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1975. While at AT&T, Dorman worked to modernize the company's infrastructure, sell its services as bundles, make it the largest internet provider, pay down its debt and increase its stock value. Dorman has also served on the board of directors for Yum! Brands, CVS Caremark and Motorola (as non-executive chairman).



RELATED TERMS
  1. Telecom Arbitrage

    An arbitrage strategy used by telecommunications companies that ...
  2. Carlos Slim

    A magnate of the Mexican telecommunications industry. Slim made ...
  3. Chairman

    An executive elected by a company's board of directors that is ...
  4. Fortune 500

    An annual list of the 500 largest companies in the United States ...
  5. Telecommunications Consumer Protection ...

    A U.S. federal law created in response to increased consumer ...
  6. Board Of Directors - B Of D

    A group of individuals that are elected as, or elected to act ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How are Rupert Murdoch's holdings distributed?

    Rupert Murdoch owns a controlling share of News Corporation and over 750 different businesses. Some of the major brands he ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How did Bernard Baruch attain his wealth?

    Bernard Baruch obtained his fortune by investing in profitable stocks on Wall Street. Baruch is known as a legendary stock ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Why was Bernard Baruch known as the "Park Bench Statesman?"

    As someone who preferred to conduct his meetings in informal settings and was led by persuasion rather than pressure, Bernard ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How did Nathan Rothschild become a stock exchange speculator?

    Market maker Nathan Rothschild learned much of his financial savvy from his father, who dealt in coins and paper money. He ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What advice does Howard Schultz offer would-be business moguls?

    Starbucks CEO, billionaire and former sports tycoon Howard Schultz has several pieces of advice for would-be moguls and, ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Why did Howard Schultz leave Starbucks, only to return eight years later?

    Howard Schultz left Starbucks in 2000 due to exhaustion from growing Starbucks from a regional coffee chain to a global company ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Investing Basics

    What Is Private Equity?

    This investment vehicle attracts wealthy investors to increase the value of portfolio companies.
  2. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Giants of Finance: Charles Dow

    Find out how this financial visionary helped everyday people enter the world of finance.
  3. Professionals

    Management Strategies From A Top CEO

    Find out what this winning manager did to grow one of the biggest companies in the world.
  4. Active Trading

    The Best CEOs Listen To The Street

    Studies show that transparency and listening to the market are a winning combination for CEOs and the companies they run.
  5. Entrepreneurship

    CEOs Who Blazed The Trail (Kroc, Hock And Welch)

    The right CEO can make all the difference in a company's market position.
  6. Entrepreneurship

    The CEO Dream Team - Walton, Schwab, Marcus And Blank

    The successes of these three CEOs can be linked back to one common factor: customer service.
  7. Investing

    3 Secrets Of Successful Companies

    Make smart investments by spotting up-and-coming success stories early.
  8. Investing

    The Right Mindset for CEO Success

    Owning the role of CEO is no simple task so it is imperative that CEOs have the correct mindset to ensure the success of their organization.
  9. Stock Analysis

    Are These America's 5 Best CEOs?

    Do great leaders lead to great investment opportunities? Here's a few to consider.
  10. Investing Basics

    Pfizer CEO: The Story Behind Ian Read

    Learn about the rise of Ian Read, the CEO of Pfizer. Pfizer is one of the most profitable and largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Treasury Yield

    The return on investment, expressed as a percentage, on the debt obligations of the U.S. government. Treasuries are considered ...
  2. Bund

    A bond issued by Germany's federal government, or the German word for "bond." Bunds are the German equivalent of U.S. Treasury ...
  3. European Central Bank - ECB

    The central bank responsible for the monetary system of the European Union (EU) and the euro currency. The bank was formed ...
  4. Quantitative Easing

    An unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases private sector financial assets in order to lower interest ...
  5. Current Account Deficit

    A measurement of a country’s trade in which the value of goods and services it imports exceeds the value of goods and services ...
  6. International Monetary Fund - IMF

    An international organization created for the purpose of: 1. Promoting global monetary and exchange stability. 2. Facilitating ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!