Swearingen Announces Retirement From BellSouth; Dunn Elected Senior VP Corporate Compliance & Corporate Secretary

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from BellSouth Corporation

    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
 strong leadership."
     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
     About BellSouth Corporation
     BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:   BLS) is a Fortune 100 communications services
 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
 other services.  BellSouth also provides online and directory advertising
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     BellSouth owns 40 percent of Cingular Wireless, the nation's second
 largest wireless company, which provides innovative wireless data and voice
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