Rita currently serves as an Executive Director with AT&T Chief Security Office. Rita has 15 years of experience and has held various positions in AT&T.
In her current role, Rita is responsible for developing the security architecture and security platform for Mobility and Cloud as well as Emerging Services including M2M, Industrial Internet, Connected Car, etc. She is driving the secrity ecosystem transformation to software-enabled architecture to support AT&T’s Integrated Cloud Platform.
Rita served as a member of the CTO Technology Council chartered to provide technology thought leadership for AT&T and the partner community that makes up AT&T Technology Ecosystem. She led strategic initiative to accelerate innovation through internal rapid development efforts and focused industry collaborations.
In her previous role, Rita was responsible for defining the target architecture for AT&T’s Mobility Network and driving innovation and optimization in key Mobility growth areas. She also led various service development teams focused on design, development, and deployment of AT&T’s Global Network in Europe and Asia Pacific serving multi-national enterprise customers. She also led the planning, development, and operations for the 2000 Sydney Olympics broadcast on NBC.
Rita earned BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University. She received an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University. She is a graduate of the AT&T Accelerated Development Program and the AT&T Leading with Distinction Leadership Program.
In addition to her technical contribution, Rita is an advocate in fostering the development of women in science and engineering. She served on the board of Woman of AT&T South Jersey Chapter as a Public Relations Officer. She continues to mentor woman in engineering and science and sponsors various events to recruit children to science, technology, and engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Rita was a guest speaker at AT&T’s Annual 2014 Cyber Security Conference and IEEE Globecom 2014. She was also featured in Forbes Magazine to highlight key transformation initiatives in AT&T.