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John Stephens

Retired Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, AT&T
Board of Trustees

Trustee John J. Stephens brings decades of expertise in finance and leadership to CFT’s board. At AT&T, John was responsible for financial planning, corporate development, accounting, tax, auditing, treasury, investor relations and corporate real estate. He previously was senior vice president and controller for AT&T while also serving as chief financial officer for the company’s diversified services business unit.

Prior to serving as controller, John oversaw all corporate tax matters as vice president-taxes, and he previously was managing director-taxes, where he had similar corporate tax responsibilities. John joined AT&T as director-federal taxes in St. Louis in 1992.
John holds a B.S.B.A. in accounting from Rockhurst University in Kansas City and a J.D. from Saint Louis University’s Law School.

John and his wife, Michele, have six children.


In addition to his service to CFT, John serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Catholic Charities of Dallas. He previously was chairman of the Dallas Regional Chamber and vice chair of the board of directors for the United Way of Dallas, and he has served on the boards of numerous other educational and social service organizations.

Additionally, John was on the board of directors of América Móvil, an international provider of telecommunications services, and he currently serves on the audit committee of the board of directors of a large, privately held retailer.

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