Texas Tech University

Ed Whitacre




Retired Chairman & CEO, AT&T and General Motors Company

Named one of the Top 25 Executives of the Year by BusinessWeek and the recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Ed Whitacre has leveraged his considerable corporate leadership skills for such Fortune 500 organizations such as General Motors (GM) and AT&T.

As chairman and CEO of AT&T from 1990 until June 2007, Whitacre led then-SBC Communications (SBC) through a growth strategy and a series of industry-changing mergers & acquisitions, including the 2005 acquisition of AT&T Corp., after which the company adopted the venerable name, AT&T Inc. Whitacre's mission as a transformative leader took new shape when he joined GM as chairman when the new company launched in July 2009 and held that position until the end of December 2010.

Whitacre previously served as a member of The Business Council, the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the boards of the Institute for International Economics, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation and the PGA Tour.