AT&T* has named Terrance Ford Vice President of External Affairs for AT&T South Carolina, where he will lead the company’s strategy, legislative, philanthropic and external affairs activities in the state, as well as guide governmental and community policy decisions. He succeeds Jane Sosebee, who recently announced her retirement after a four-decade career with AT&T.
“Terrance will do a tremendous job leading AT&T’s external, legislative and philanthropic efforts in South Carolina,” said Venessa Harrison, President of AT&T Southeast Coastal States. “His industry experience, public policy expertise and community leadership will serve our customers, employees and stakeholders across the Palmetto State well.”
Ford began his telecommunications career 23 years ago as an Electronics Technician in the AT&T Network Organization. In 2005, Ford was promoted into management and quickly moved through the ranks, eventually leading the installation and maintenance of advanced services, such as high-speed broadband, across the state. Ford’s increased responsibilities led him to the External Affairs organization where he served as the External Affairs Regional Director in the Upstate, leading the company’s economic development and community affairs activities. Prior to his role as Vice President of External Affairs, Ford was the Director of External and Legislative Affairs, serving as the primary liaison with state policymakers.
“I’m proud to lead AT&T’s external affairs team in South Carolina as we continue to develop innovative ways to better serve our customers and the communities we serve,” said Ford. “AT&T has been investing in South Carolina communities for more than 140 years, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to help close the digital divide, supporting our public safety community through FirstNet®, Built with AT&T and connecting more South Carolinians.”
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Ford is committed to helping make a difference in the community and in the lives of others. He serves on the boards of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Central South Carolina Alliance, the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the United Way of the Midlands, the Columbia Urban League, and the Midlands Business Leadership Group.
A native of the Charleston area, Ford holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Webster University. Ford resides in Blythewood with his wife and their children.
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