John Stankey
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Stankey was anointed heir apparent to AT&T chairman-CEO Randall Stephenson in October 2019 and assumed the role of CEO in July 2020 after retaining his role as head of WarnerMedia until Hulu’s founding CEO Jason Kilar took over the position in spring 2020. Warner has been through management upheaval since AT&T closed its $85.4 billion acquisition in June 2018. A 30-plus-year company man, Stankey got a crash course in talent relations and executive politics as the top leaders at HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. all departed in the space of a few days in February 2019. He has since recruited a new team, including Showtime and NBC alum Robert Greenblatt, to oversee programming for HBO, Turner and the nascent HBO Max streamer. In June 2016, Stankey tapped former BBC Worldwide America head Ann Sarnoff as the first female to run storied studio Warner Bros.



  • WarnerMedia


  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)
  • Loyola Marymount University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
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John Stankey Promoted to CEO of AT&T

John Stankey Promoted to CEO of AT&T

John Stankey has been promoted to CEO of AT&T, succeeding Randall Stephenson in the role as of July 1.Stankey is a 35-year AT&T executive who was named chief operating officer last September. Stankey's promotion was announced Friday morning as part of AT&T's annual shareholders meeting in Dallas.Stephenson said he would remain in the executive chairman role through January 2021. AT&T had already committed to separating the roles of chairman and CEO after the end of Stephenson's tenure. AT&T said the...


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