BEDMINSTER, NJ—Dick Martin is stepping down as executive vice president of public relations and brand management at AT&T, after five years in what is considered one of the premiere corporate PR positions in the country. He will be succeeded by Constance Weaver, who has been vice president of investor relations at the telecommunications giant since 1996.
As a member of AT&T’s executive team, Weaver has played a central role in executing the company’s strategy through an extended period of corporate restructuring and change. Before joining AT&T in 1996, she held leadership positions with responsibility for investor relations and financial communications for Microsoft and MCI Communications. She also spent 10 years at McGraw Hill, in a number of management positions including product management, marketing, and corporate planning.
Martin, who succeeded Marilyn Laurie in the senior PR role, will remain with AT&T until early next year to ensure a smooth transition and will continue to serve as chairman of the AT&T Foundation and of the company’s corporate responsibility council.
“I had planned on retiring next year practically from the day I assumed this position,” says Martin. “For one thing, Mike Armstrong turns 65 then and he would have been retiring. For another, my youngest child will be graduating from high school and my wife and I will be relatively free for the first time in nearly 30 years. When Dave Dorman was named AT&T president, I told him about my plans. We both agreed it would make sense to name my successor now so his senior team is in place when the Comcast merger closes.”
Martin joined Western Electric, then the manufacturing and supply unit of the Bell System, 32 years ago. During his career, he has directed public relations, corporate advertising and brand management, and was named corporate vice president of public relations in 1991. He was elected to his current position by the board of directors in 1997.