In preparation for its Time Warner acquisition, AT&T has begun reshuffling its senior management team, with a shift in focus from predominately traditional telecoms to more entertainment and digital media business offerings. John Donovan, who has been at AT&T since 2008, was named a few days ago as CEO of AT&T Communications. John Stankey, who was head of AT&T’s entertainment group, now leads the team integrating the two companies, working closely with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. Lori Lee’s responsibilities have been expanded to include overseeing AT&T’s international operations, especially in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean.
All three will continue to report to Randall Stephenson, who continues in his role of AT&T chairman and CEO. Though no official reason for Lurie’s resignation has been given, he announced his retirement on the day the management structure came into effect.