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Blunt New CEO Inherits Challenge of Turning AT&T Into Media Star

  • John Stankey is famous for tackling sensitive issues head-on
  • ‘Incredibly complex company’ may be hard for anyone to manage
John Stankey
John Stankey

John Stankey, who was named AT&T Inc.’s CEO this week after a long career at the company, knows how to command a stage.

The executive is 6-foot-5 and has a booming voice, almost like a P.A. announcer. But what stands out more is his ability to be blunt.