Business 100 - 2012

John Donovan/AT&T

John Donovan is senior executive vice president of AT&T Technology and Network Operations, responsible for AT&T’s technology and global network, including the company’s best-in-class mobile broadband network.

He first joined AT&T as chief technology officer in 2007, having begun his career at Deloitte Consulting, where he advanced to partner. He moved on to become chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., and also worked at VeriSign Inc., where he was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations.

John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BSEE degree and earned an MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota. He is the author of two books, The Value of Enterprise and Value of Creating Growth. He and his wife, Judy, have three children – Shaina, Rory and Julia.

A third-generation Irish American with roots in in Ireland on both of his parents’ sides, John says of his Irish heritage, “St. Patrick’s Day was one of the most important celebrations in my home. My dad was so proud of his heritage.”