Atlanta Business Hall of Fame Video by Junior Achievement Georgia
Mr. de la Vega is the former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions & International. In that capacity, he had overall responsibility for the company’s integrated Business Solutions group which, at the time,served more than 3.5 million business customers in nearly 200 countries and territories, including nearly all of the world’s Fortune 1000 companies. He also had overall responsibility for AT&T’s wireless business operations in Mexico and DIRECTV in Latin America.
Previously, he was President and CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions, where he had overall responsibility for the company’s wireless and business services operations. Before that, he was President and CEO of AT&T Mobility. Under his leadership, AT&T Mobility became one of the world’s leading smartphone and mobile Internet providers and expanded into new growth areas such as connected cars, home security,and automation.
During his career,he has held numerous executive positions, including COO of Cingular Wireless and President of BellSouth Latin America. As the COO of Cingular Wireless, Mr. de la Vega was responsible for the integration of AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless, following the largest all-cash merger in U.S. history at the time. As President of BellSouth Latin America, he was responsible for wireless operations in 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela,and Uruguay.
Mr. de la Vega retired from AT&T on Dec. 31, 2016.
He continues to serve on the boards of American Express Company and New York Life Insurance Company. He also serves on the Executive Committee and is Chairman of the 2017 Jamboree for the Boy Scouts of America. He is the former Chairman of JA (Junior Achievement)Worldwide and continues to serve on its board of directors.
He has received numerous awards recognizing his leadership, including induction into the Wireless Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Business Hall of Fame, and the prestigious Global Innovation Award from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Mr. de la Vega has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University. He completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia and received a Doctor Honoris Causa from FAU.
He is the author of the best-selling book, Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).
He is a native of Cuba and resides in Florida.