Dallas Mavericks to Name Former AT&T Executive Cynthia Marshall Interim CEO

Before retirement, Marshall was AT&T's vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer.

UPDATED Feb. 26, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. ET


Cynt Marshall at Dallas Mavericks press conference on Feb. 26, 2018.

Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall, a former AT&T (No. 3 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) executive, was named interim CEO of The Dallas Mavericks (Mavs) on Monday afternoon at a press conference.

Sitting with Mavs owner Mark Cuban, Marshall said, "In my wildest dreams, and I've had some pretty big dreams in my life, I never saw this coming."

Marshall said she received a phone call from Cuban with a "passionate and heartfelt invitation to contribute to sports and the community in a very unique way."

She then addressed the recent sexual harassment allegations against Mavs executives.

"I'm honored to have been asked by Mark to join him in addressing some very serious issues," she commented. "I'm saddened that issues of domestic violence and sexual harassment are so prominent in our society and allegations have surfaced once again in the [Dallas Mavericks] organization."

Marshall named three immediate areas of focus: the investigation, culture transformation and operational effectiveness.

See the complete press conference.

ORIGINAL STORY

At a press conference on Monday, The Dallas Mavericks (Mavs) will name former AT&T executive Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall as interim CEO, according to USA Today.

Before retiring last year, Marshall was senior vice president of human resources AT&T Services, Inc., appointed in 2012, and also held the position of chief diversity officer, appointed in 2015.

"I'm proud to play a role in AT&T's diversity efforts,"she said in 2015. "For decades, a commitment to diversity and inclusion has informed our beliefs, strategies, practices and success. Our inclusive culture runs deep – and impacts every employee every day – and it's a privilege to build on such a rich tradition."

Marshall, who has more than 30 years of experience in leadership, diversity and inclusion, was responsible for developing and implementing the company's people strategy. Her internal client management for 245,000 employees around the globe included Workforce 2020 skills transformation, succession planning, performance development, leadership development, talent management, employee relations, employee engagement, executive recruiting, organizational development, diversity and more.

Marshall was the head of all things human resources, diversity and inclusion, EEO and Affirmative Action.

During DiversityInc's fall 2016 conference, "Conquering Recruiting Challenges," in Newark, N.J., DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti moderated a "Candid Conversation: How to Hold Internal Executive Recruiters Accountable for Presenting Diverse Slates" featuring Marshall.

A CEO was not listed in the executive staff directory of the Mavs' 2017-18 media guide, which was released before the start of the season.

According to a Dallas Morning News report: "It is believed Marshall's title will be interim executive chairwoman, but the key is that she will run all non-basketball operations. Marshall was introduced to front office members Friday."

Marshall's appointment follows recent sexual harassment allegations against Mavs executives detailed in a Sports Illustrated report.

"Terdema Ussery was a long-time Mavs executive and was accused by at least two women of sexually harassing them for years," according to USA. "He left the team in 2015. Earl K. Sneed, a former writer for the Mavericks' website, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his then-girlfriend and eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2012, according to the report. Sneed was fired last week."

AT&T and U.S. Air Force Academy Collaborate to Explore Advanced Technologies

Formal 5- Year Agreement Aims to Help U.S. Air Force Keep Pace With, Acquire and Use Commercial Technology.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and the U.S. Air Force Academy are working together on networking services and advanced technology capabilities. They entered a 5-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) aimed at boosting the Air Force's use of modern technology at a pace more like the commercial sector.

"Networking is a platform for innovation and mission support," said Lt. Col. Michael Chiaramonte, director of Air Force CyberWorx at the Air Force Academy. "With access to AT&T's resources, we plan to advance our academic and research objectives. By leveraging public-private partnerships with AT&T and our other industry partners, we improve our understanding and use of technology and, ultimately, improve the Air Force's mission capabilities."

The collaboration aims to:

  • Offer knowledge and commercial best practices of cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and other AT&T-led innovations for the Air Force Academy faculty. Such innovations include Smart Base solutions, software-defined networking and 5G.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations for Academy cadets.
  • Ensure AT&T has greater insight into the vision and technology needs of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Explore opportunities beyond academic interests.

"Our work with the U.S. Air Force Academy will be much like an action-oriented academic 'think tank.' We're here to help the Air Force keep pace with commercial innovation and pinpoint their current and future technology needs," said Rocky Thurston, Client Executive VP, AT&T Public Sector.

Part of the Air Force's larger mission

Partnerships fuel the Academy research program. There are 19 centers and 2 institutes, as well as cadets, faculty and industry all working together for the benefit of tomorrow's Air Force. CyberWorx was established in 2016 as a public-private design center focused on cyber capability. It combines Air Force, academic and industry expertise with state of the art technology and innovative thinking to solve operational problems.

AT&T: How to Build a Culture of Learning

Instead of only providing employees with classroom and web-based training, we're also supplementing those resources with relevant content from social and digital platforms, like social media channels, podcasts and video platforms.

By Jennifer Robertson

Originally Published by AT&T.

Last year, best-selling author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman visited AT&T. During a conversation with employees, he emphasized the importance of continuous learning for employees and employers to succeed in the age of acceleration.

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