Years in Cable: 32
Education: Loyola Marymount; MBA, UCLA
AT&T is evolving as the media giant looks to increase its content coffers, and Stankey is leading strategy, marketing and operations for all of its consumer entertainment offerings across platforms—plus its advertising business. He’s aligned the consumer mobility, TV and Internet business units in one organization to better serve customers. A chief architect of DirecTV Now, which launched in November, Stankey helped shape the streaming service as a middle road between bulging premium pay TV packages and skinny bundles, of which he’s not a fan. With AT&T’s impending bid for Time Warner on the horizon, Stankey’s got another vigorous year ahead of him.