Rita currently serves as an Executive Director with AT&T’s Chief Security Office. Rita has over 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 Machine-to-Machine, Internet of Things, connected car, etc. She is driving the security ecosystem transformation needed to protect a software-enabled cloud architecture, leveraging Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies.
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 initiatives 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 also earned 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 as a Public Relationship officier on the board of Women of AT&T. She continues to mentor women in engineering and science and to sponsor various events to recruit children to science, technology, and engineering, and math (STEM) fields.