Melissa Arnoldi, president, Technology & Operations, AT&T Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AT&T Inc., is responsible for technology development, network deployment and operations, and AT&T’s transition to a software-defined and future 5G network. Melissa currently serves as a board member of Nasdaq & Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.
Melissa leads the company’s networks and technologies team, which has driven AT&T’s global leadership in the technological transition to software-defined networking – with a focus on virtualized or cloud-based network controls – as well as the company’s leadership in the move to 5G networks. Melissa oversees the company’s global information, software development, supply chain, network and cybersecurity operations, and chief data office organizations, as well as AT&T’s Intellectual Property group, Labs and Foundries.
Prior professional experience includes serving as President of Technology Development of AT&T’s products and services, digital experiences for customers, information and network security strategy, standards and platform development, and systems supporting the operations across multiple business segments, networks, and services. Previous to that postion, Melissa has served various roles in technology development and systems strategy organizations supporting AT&T’s Mobility and Home Solutions (U-verse and legacy voice, iPhone launches, high-speed broadband and TV) business units.
Melissa is passionate about diversity and inclusion.. She has been honored as one of the National Diversity Council’s “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” and received a Silver Stevie Award for Women in Business for “Maverick of the Year” in 2015. In 2016, Melissa was showcased by Fierce Wireless as a woman leader to watch due to her key contributions in engineering and technology fields in the telecom industry.
Melissa came to AT&T from Accenture as Senior Executive, where she served in roles of increasing responsibility focused on IT merger integration, system consolidation and product development during her 12-year tenure. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Memphis and a Master’s of Business Administration from Georgia State University. She lives in Dallas with her husband and their two daughters.