"Randall Stephenson is one of the industry's most talented young executives and I look forward to his leadership in this new position," said Whitacre.
Reporting to Stephenson, 44, will be John Atterbury, group president-network operations, John Stankey, senior executive vice president and chief information officer, and Ray Wilkins, group president-marketing and sales.
Rick Lindner, 49, chief financial officer at Cingular Wireless, of which SBC owns 60%, is named chief financial officer for SBC.
"Rick Lindner has done an excellent job at Cingular and he will be a great asset to SBC's senior management team," Whitacre said.
SBC Communications Inc. is a Fortune 50 company whose subsidiaries, operating under the SBC brand, provide a full range of voice, data, networking, e-business, directory publishing and advertising, and related services to businesses, consumers and other telecommunications providers. SBC holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which serves more than 24 million wireless customers. SBC companies provide high-speed DSL Internet access lines to more American consumers than any other provider and are among the nation's leading providers of Internet services. SBC companies also now offer satellite TV service. Additional information about SBC and SBC products and services is available at www.sbc.com.