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Employment History

Chief Financial Officer
AT&T Inc.

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
AT&T Inc.

Controller
AT&T Inc.

Partner
Wilson & Co

Managing Partner
Wilson & Co

Chief Financial Officer
Central Health

Director of Financial Planning and Management
Central Health

Education

B.S.B.A. degree
accounting
Rockhurst University

J.D. degree

Saint Louis University's Law School

Web References (169 Total References)


AT&T CFO John Stephens, ...

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AT&T CFO John Stephens, speaking at a Deutsche Bank conference, said one of the synergies from the DirecTV deal will be AT&T's enhanced leverage with content providers.

Stephens specifically pointed out that after the deal, the new AT&T will be one of, if not the, largest customers for the content providers. Coupled with AT&T's large smartphone base and many broadband locations with no video piece, Stephens said AT&T will be able to offer over 100 million new sources of distribution.
Stephens hoped that leverage and incentives will allow AT&T and content providers to "work something out in a constructive fashion." Aside from the DirecTV deal, which AT&T still expects to close in the first half of 2015, Stephens said that recent spectrum acquisitions have solidified AT&T's ability to offer a "high-speed video-enabled wireless service."
Looking ahead five years, Stephens anticipates AT&T will be able to offer a variety of subscription and non-subscription video models. In terms of OTT, AT&T doesn't see it as a replacement of the seemingly troubled linear TV model, but as a supplement.
"Our strategy is to bundle," Stephens said.
With the new options presented by bringing into the fold DirecTV, Stephens said the synergy savings now are higher than what the company predicted back in May 2014.
On the network side, Stephens said that AT&T's Project VIP is "significantly done" and the company finished it faster and more efficiently than expected. He also said that with AT&T's move toward a software-defined network (SDN), over time that could possibly give the carrier a chance to use a smaller percentage of service revenues for CapEx. AT&T currently earmarks 15 percent-service revenues last year totaled $120 billion, resulting in $18 billion for CapEx.
He also said SDN will be good for revenue because it will shrink cycle times, leading to more business.
In all, Stephens said there's a "reasonable chance" AT&T will return to a 1.8 net-debt-to-EBITDA range within the next three years, and thas taking into account the $9 billion in capital AT&T has pledged as part of the DirecTV deal toward the 2016 broadcast auctions.
Ahead of those competitive auctions kicking off, Stephens said he's seen a shift in wireless industry competition, with pricing changes beginning to be stabilized by rising activation fees and ending promotions.
Stephens expects AT&T to grow EBIDTA service margins this year by not chasing customer net adds and instead focusing on smartphones and the ability to bundle in Internet of Things products and services and postpaid tablets.
Of the 400,000 postpaid net adds AT&T is projecting for the first quarter, Stephens said tablets make up most of that.
But he said that AT&T's smartphone growth will continue and that the carrier won't have to chase feature phone losses because its prepaid business will be able to pick up those revenue streams.
Looking a decade out, Stephens said IoT will be a huge mobile growth driver for AT&T as mobile connections become as ubiquitous as electric wall sockets.
"10 years from now you won't know how many mobile connections you have," Stephens said.


DALLAS - AT&T will webcast a ...

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DALLAS - AT&T will webcast a keynote address by John Stephens, senior executive vice president and CFO, AT&T Inc., at the Deutsche Bank 2015 Media, Internet and Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, Fla. on Wednesday, March 11, at 8:40 a.m.


Tax Jobs, Vacancies and Recruitment - Taxation Job News from Tax Grotto - Part 3

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"Rick and John have worked together closely for more than 15 years, and we expect a seamless transition."

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Since 2001, Stephens has served as controller for AT&T, where his responsibilities have included financial reporting and operations, business planning and accounting policy. Previously he served as vice president - taxes, where he oversaw all corporate tax matters for the company. Mr. Stephens earned his B.S.B.A. degree in accounting from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo. and holds a J.D. degree from the St. Louis University School of Law.


Our people > Wilsons law

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Jonathan Stephens

Partner Company & Commercial UK Tax & Trusts


Estates and Inherited Wealth

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Jonathan Stephens

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