RIP: Here Lies BellSouth

Includes: BLS, T
by: Mark Milliman

There is always more than one side to a story. My posts about BellSouth's (BLS) absorption into the new AT&T (NYSE:T) made perfect sense from a business perspective and for someone that was part of the mother ship.

Dick Yarbrough, a retired Vice President at BellSouth, presented the perspective of some very hard working, industrious, loyal, and proud employees that thought the old corporate entity had a better future. Maybe it did. Like most entities of the former AT&T, inadequate management and economies of scale reduced it to three surviving entities.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with the people of BellSouth over the years. I too am sad to see it go, but it is the people that make the company. Let's hope that the attitude and dedication of the people that are left make an indelible impact on the new AT&T.