AT&T announced today it has appointed Debbie Storey as senior vice president of talent development and chief diversity officer. Storey will oversee the company’s efforts to foster an inclusive work environment and develop a diverse talent pool that is able to meet business needs.
“At AT&T, diversity at every level of our company is a key to our success,” said Bill Blase, AT&T senior executive vice president, human resources. “It helps spark innovation, elevate customer care and strengthen connections to the communities we serve. We look forward to Debbie’s leadership to ensure that AT&T continues to be one of the most respected companies in America for its inclusive workforce and business practices.”
The company has taken an active role in achieving a diverse workforce, using a four-step approach–talent development, multicultural marketing, community support and supplier diversity–that has garnered much industry praise. In addition to ranking consistently in the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, AT&T was named Corporation of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council in 2010.
Storey began her career with AT&T in 1982 as a customer service clerk and has held many positions since, including active involvement in the merger of AT&T with BellSouth in 2006 and helping evolve BellSouth’s Internet operation from voice to broadband services. She most recently served as senior vice president of centers support, where she oversaw sales and operations support for all AT&T consumer call centers as well as self-service and online operations.
Storey earned her B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia and an executive MBA from the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia.