David W. Dorman


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.

BREAKING DOWN '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).

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