Ralph de la VegaFall 2014 Keynote Speaker

Ralph de la Vega

President & Chief Executive Officer
AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions

Ralph de la Vega was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of the newly created AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions organization in August 2014, underscoring the company’s focus on delivering integrated solutions to customers that are first and foremost mobile, and also secure, reliable, ultra-fast and effortless. He has overall responsibility for the company’s wireless and business services operations, which serve more than 116 million mobile customers in the U.S. and more than 3.5 million business customers in 100 countries globally, including all of the world’s Fortune 1000 companies.

In his previous role, de la Vega was President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Mobility, a position he held since 2007. Under his leadership, AT&T Mobility became one of the world’s leading smartphone and mobile Internet providers and expanded into new growth areas such as connected cars, and home security and automation.

During his career he has held numerous executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer of Cingular Wireless and President of BellSouth Latin America. As the Chief Operating Officer of Cingular Wireless, de la Vega was responsible for the integration of AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless, following the largest all-cash merger in U.S. history at the time. As President of BellSouth Latin America, de la Vega was responsible for wireless operations in 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay.

He serves on the boards of New York Life Insurance Company, the Georgia Aquarium, Morehouse College and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as Chairman of All-Markets Initiatives for the Boy Scouts of America and on the board of Junior Achievement Worldwide.

He has received numerous awards recognizing his leadership, including induction into the Atlanta Business Hall of Fame and the prestigious Global Innovation Award from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

De la Vega has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University. He completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia and received a Doctor Honoris Causa from FAU.

He is the author of the best-selling book ”Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life.”

De la Vega is a native of Cuba. He and his family live in Atlanta.

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