This month, we’ve been celebrating and recognizing our Asian Pacific Islander employees and their rich culture and community.

We’re keeping the momentum going by highlighting a few notable Asian Pacific Islander employees across the company who have made an impact and inspired others. Here are a few from the past and present:

Alfred Cho

mr. choCho is considered the “father” of the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) method. It’s a process for producing novel layered materials used in wireless and optical communications, lasers and computer chips. If you’ve used a microwave, watched a DVD or listened to a CD, you’ve taken advantage of MBE. In 2005, Cho received the U.S. National Medal of Technology, the highest honor awarded by the president of the U.S. for technological innovation.


Ali Javan

mr javonIn 1960, Javan produced AT&T’s Bell Telephone Laboratories first working continuous-light laser, becoming an earlier innovator. His other notable contributions to science have been in quantum physics and spectroscopy.


Arun Netravali

mr. netravaliNetravali is hailed as a pioneer in the development of digital technology. He was instrumental in the AT&T Bell Labs research and development project for high definition television (HDTV). He is the author of more than 170 papers and holds over 70 patents in the areas of computer networks, picture procession, human interfaces to machines and digital television.


Lenny Rhee

mr. rheeLenny is Vice President of the AT&T Communications Corporate Strategy & Transformation organization. He leads transformation initiatives that will position AT&T Communications for future growth and innovation, greater speed of execution, leaner cost structure and simplification of the business. In his most recent role as AVP of Chairman Communications, Lenny managed external and internal speaking events for AT&T’s Chairman and CEO, including messaging development, speechwriting and communications planning. Lenny also serves as executive sponsor for the Dallas Fort-Worth Chapter for AT&T’s InspirASIAN Employee Group.

Sally Chan

ms. chanSally is a seasoned Corporate Social Responsibility professional with more than 20 years of experience of leading initiatives at Warner Bros. and Disney. During her time at Warner Bros., Sally has overseen several key community outreach programs including the Warner Bros. Global Impact Giving Program, Clean Air Club, Reach Honorships, and Board Leadership Program. She also directed company initiatives involving film and TV production content management (EIF and Ghetto Film School PSAs), and signature cause-marketing campaigns (We Can Be Heroes, Soap Operas for Social Change) in partnership with key nonprofit organizations.

Pia Chaozon Barlow

ms. barlowPia is Senior Vice President, Program Marketing for HBO Max. She is responsible for guiding the overall marketing strategy, including creative, media, events, partnerships and social media for HBO Max Originals alongside Peter Sherman. She began her career at HBO where she worked for nine years, launching consumer marketing campaigns for award-winning programming including Girls, Silicon Valley and Boardwalk Empire. She then became Director of Original Marketing at Netflix, overseeing award-winning, global marketing campaigns for series including Orange is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, before focusing on international originals. She later served as an SVP at Twentieth Century Fox Film, shepherding campaigns for films like Bohemian Rhapsody and The Greatest Showman before returning to Netflix as director of Global Creative & Social Marketing. She joined the HBO Max team in January 2020. Pia’s vast experience has established her as an innovative marketer with a keen eye for building, mentoring and empowering the next generation of leaders.

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