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