SAN ANTONIO— Karen Jennings has been named senior executive vice president of advertising and corporate communications for the telecommunications company formed by the merger of AT&T and BellSouth Corporation. She had held the same position at AT&T predecessor company SBC since 2002.
Jennings is responsible for all aspects of human resources and executive support, as well as advertising, professional and technical learning programs, corporate communications and media relations, advertising and sponsorships. She assumed her current position at SBC in July 2002.
Previously, Jennings served as senior executive vice president of human resources. Before that, she served in a variety of key roles at the former SBC, including president of Southwestern Bell in Missouri and vice president and general manager of operator services for SBC Telecommunications. Jennings joined Southwestern Bell in 1972.
Jennings will report to Edward Whitacre, who will continue to serve as chairman and CEO. According to Whitacre: “AT&T will be an engine for innovation, competition, and growth for our customers at home and abroad. In the Southeast, we will build on BellSouth’s excellent record of serving customers and communities. And we are ready to lead the way in a new era of integrated wireless services nationwide.”