AT&T Western Exec Departs


Teresa Elder, the president of AT&T Broadband's 6.5-million-subscriber Western Division, resigned effective last Friday to devote more time to her family, she said.

Elder was named to the head the division — which has 15,000 employees — in June of 2000. Before that, she was vice president of MediaOne Group Inc.'s Western Division.

AT&T Broadband bought MediaOne in 2000. Before she took over the Western Division helm, she served in a variety of senior leadership positions with MediaOne, U S West Inc. and AirTouch Cellular.

"My husband and I have spent a lot of time thinking about this together, and with all that has happened in the last couple of months in the U.S., I think it's just a challenging time as a parent," Elder said last week. "My older son has cystic fibrosis, and his condition has recently changed.

"Compiling that with I've been working straight at a pace like this for about 19 years, it was just a great time for me to really re-look at these priorities," she said. "This just felt like an absolute good time to do this."

AT&T said the nine regional vice presidents who reported to Elder will report directly to AT&T Broadband president Dan Somers until a successor is named.

"Teresa has played a significant role in building AT&T Broadband's service areas in the West," Somers said in an internal memo. "We wish her well as she departs the company."