Profiling the 50 Most: Rayford Wilkins Jr.

Ray Wilkins, CEO-AT&T Diversified Businesses, is responsible for international investments, advertising and publishing, Sterling Commerce, Customer Information

Ray Wilkins, CEO, AT&T Diversified Businesses

Services and consumer wireless initiative in India.

Previously. Wilkins served as group president and chief executive officer-SBC Enterprise Business Services, with responsibility for serving the company’s 12,000 largest business customers and overseeing sales, customer care, data solutions engineering, consulting and operations of the company’s advanced data and Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

Before that, Mr. Wilkins served as group president-SBC Marketing and Sales, with responsibility for all marketing and sales, including product development, sales support, business communications services and global and consumer markets, which then represented a $30 billion revenue stream.

In September 2000, he assumed the role of president and CEO of SBC Pacific Bell, where he was responsible for all business and consumer market sales, customer service, network services and external affairs in California and Nevada

In 1999, he was named president-SBC Business Communications Services, with responsibility for providing complete telecommunications and data communications solutions to more than 3 million small, medium and large business customers nationwide. Before that, he served as president and CEO of Southwestern Bell Telephone, with responsibility for providing communications products and services throughout the region. In 1997, he served as president of Pacific Bell Business Communications Services, with responsibility for all business market sales, customer service, network integration and information services, as well as overall financial performance. He assumed that position after having served as president for the Kansas/Western Missouri market area.

Mr. Wilkins began his career as a commercial assistant with Southwestern Bell Telephone in Houston in 1974.

Mr. Wilkins is presiding director of the board of H&R Block and past chairman of the board of Cingular Wireless. He is also a member of the boards of Teléfonos de México, América Móvil, The Tiger Woods Foundation, the Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and the AT&T Foundation.