AT&T's Treasury has lead the effort to trim debt, improve cash flow and transform the long-distance giant into a smaller, but healthier company
By Jay Sherman|August 01, 2003 at 08:00 PM
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There are treasurers who win kudos when theeconomy is strong and the markets are surging.Well, that’s not so hard. There are treasurerswho manage to excel when simply tough timeswould be a relief. Then, there are treasurers likeEdward M. Dwyer. As treasurer of AT&T Corp. since1997, Dwyer has seen it all with the telecommunica-tions giant. When he first took charge of the company’streasury, AT&T was a darling of Wall Street, with astrong credit rating and a fabled CEO on an acquisi-tions spree. C. Michael Armstrong was gobbling up astring of mammoth cable TV properties that were to re-define AT&T as a broadband supplier of everythingfrom local phone service to Internet. When that strate-gy failed and the binge left the long-distance carrierstrapped with debt and teetering, Dwyer was chargedwith keeping AT&T solvent as it sold off non-core as-sets and returned to offering long distance service.Dwyer entered a new world of credit down-grades and a jittery–and sometimes outrighthostile–Wall Street.
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