ATLANTA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Carl E. Swearingen, BellSouth's senior
vice president -- Corporate Compliance and Corporate Secretary, will retire
August 1, 2001, bringing to a close a distinguished career with the company.
Rebecca M. Dunn, currently BellSouth vice president -- Shared Services, has
been elected to replace Swearingen.
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Swearingen began his telecommunications career in 1972 as an office
manager in Tucker, Ga. He held other positions in metro Atlanta, Valdosta and
Augusta, Ga., and in 1977 he became general public relations manager for
Georgia. In 1985, he became assistant vice president -- Public Affairs in
Charlotte, NC, and in 1989 he was named president of BellSouth operations in
Georgia. He was elected a corporate officer and promoted to his current
position in 1998.
"As both a state president and a corporate officer, Carl has made a
tremendous impact not only on our company's success, but also on the economic
development of Georgia and its communities," said BellSouth Chairman and CEO
Duane Ackerman. "He's been a valuable member of the BellSouth team for many
years, and we will genuinely miss his leadership."
A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Swearingen is a graduate of the
University of Georgia, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in
journalism in 1967 and 1969, respectively. He also received a master of
science degree in management from MIT in 1985.
Swearingen serves on several boards of directors, including the University
of Georgia Foundation; Berry College; the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce;
the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education; Georgia Industry, Trade
and Tourism; and the Museum of Aviation.
Becky Dunn, currently BellSouth vice president -- shared services, has
been elected to replace Swearingen, effective June 1, 2001.
Dunn joined South Central Bell in 1970 as an assistant engineer at the
company's Birmingham headquarters. She advanced through positions with
increasing responsibility in engineering and operations and was appointed
assistant vice president-Public Affairs in 1984. She became general manager-
Business Marketing for Alabama and Mississippi in 1987. Dunn was elected an
officer of the company and named vice president-Corporate Affairs in 1989, and
she became vice president Human Resources & Corporate Services in 1991. She
was named to her current position in 1999.
"Becky brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to the office of
corporate compliance and secretary," said Ackerman. "I am confident she will
serve the company well in this new role, and that we will all benefit from her
A native of Selma, Ala., Dunn attended Randolph-Macon Women's College in
Lynchburg, Va., and Reading University in Reading, England. She received a BS
degree in mathematics from Auburn University in 1970.
Dunn serves on the advisory council to the College of Business at Auburn
University and is a member of several boards of directors, including the
Atlanta History Center; Homeward, Inc.; the Centennial Olympic Park
Association (COPA) and Central Atlanta Progress. She also is an active
supporter of the Girl Scouts, the United Way and the American Heart
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company headquartered in Atlanta, GA, serving more than 45 million customers
in the United States and 16 other countries.
Consistently recognized for customer satisfaction, BellSouth provides a
full array of broadband data and e-commerce solutions to business customers,
including Web hosting and other Internet services. In the residential market,
BellSouth offers DSL high-speed Internet access, advanced voice features and
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BellSouth owns 40 percent of Cingular Wireless, the nation's second
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