AT&T is pulling up stakes and moving its headquarters from San Antonio to Dallas as part of an effort to have better access to its customers, vendors and a major airport.
San Antonio was the headquarters of SBC, which later assumed the AT&T brand after the cable version of AT&T shut its doors.
AT&T said the move to Dallas is scheduled to begin within the next few weeks and should be completed by the end of this year. AT&T anticipates the move will affect 700 of the company’s 6,000 employees who are currently based in San Antonio.
“We’re a growing global company with customers and operations around the world,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Being headquartered in Dallas will benefit our long-term growth prospects and human resources needs, and our ability to operate more efficiently, better serve customers and expand the business in the future.
“San Antonio is a great city with much to offer, and it’s been good for AT&T as we’ve grown from primarily a five-state local phone company to the world’s largest telecom company. San Antonio will continue to be a major operations and employment center for us.”
Following the move, AT&T will have about 1,700 more employees in San Antonio than before it relocated its corporate headquarters to the city from St. Louis in 1992. The company’s telecom operations group, which serves residential and regional business customers in 22 U.S. states, will remain in San Antonio.
Atlanta will continue to be the headquarters for AT&T’s mobility group. New Jersey will continue to be the headquarters for the company’s global business services group and AT&T Labs, while St. Louis will still serve as the home to the company’s directory operations.
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