BellSouth CEO to Address Georgia Tech Fall Commencement

F. Duane Ackerman, chairman and chief executive of BellSouth Corporation, will address the Georgia Institute of Technology's 214th commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 14, at 9 a.m., in Alexander Memorial Coliseum. A native of Plant City, Florida, Ackerman holds a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He holds a master's degree in business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Ackerman began his communications career in 1964 and has served in numerous capacities with BellSouth. He was named president and chief executive officer of BellSouth Telecommunications, BellSouth's local telephone service unit and largest subsidiary, in November 1992. On January 1, 1995, he was promoted to vice chairman and chief operating officer of the parent company, BellSouth Corporation. Ackerman was elevated to the position of president and chief executive officer of BellSouth on January 1, 1997. A year later, he was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of the company.

Ackerman also is a member of the boards of Wachovia Corporation and The Allstate Corporation. His civic commitments include immediate past chair of the Georgia Research Alliance and membership on the board of the Woodruff Arts Center. He is the chairman of the National Council on Competitiveness, vice chairman of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, a trustee of Rollins College, and a former member of the board of governors for the Society of Sloan Fellows of MIT.

BellSouth is a Fortune 100 company serving nearly 44 million customers in the United States and 14 other countries. BellSouth's operating telephone company serves local residential and business customers in nine southern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. In the residential market, the company offers DSL high-speed Internet access, advanced voice features and other services. BellSouth also provides a full array of broadband data and e-commerce solutions to business customers, including Web hosting and other Internet services.