John Stankey

Years in Cable: 31

Education: Loyola Marymount, UCLA (MBA)

That little acquisition of DirecTV? The purchase that transformed AT&T into the world’s largest pay TV provider was sealed under the leadership of Stankey, who also helped steer the launch of the first-ever national TV and mobility offers, growth of DirecTV subs in a declining market and closure of deals that demonstrate the company’s new scale in delivering premium entertainment. Look for the busy exec, who previously helped launch AT&T’s U-verse, to evolve the platform and its content offerings.

My first job: Paperboy

New Favorite Binge: Fritos

Best way to spend a Saturday night: At home with friends and family

Favorite vacation spot: Lake Tahoe

My typical breakfast is: On the go

My Starbucks order: Grande Dark Roast, no room

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