Warburg Pincus hires former AT&T chairman

After serving at posts at several major telecommunications companies, David Dorman will join the New York-based firm as a senior advisor.

Warburg Pincus has hired David Dorman, former chairman and CEO of AT&T, as a senior advisor based in the firm’s Menlo Park office.

The firm said Dorman will be working with the Warburg Pincus Technology, Media & Telecommunications group, as well as consulting across the firm’s global network.

“By comparison to most private equity firms, I’m attracted [to Warburg Pincus] by the fact that there’s a blend of early stage and more traditional, late-stage buy-out activities,” said Dorman in a statement.

Prior to his role at AT&T, Dorman was CEO of Concert, a global venture created by AT&T and British Telecommunications. He began his career in 1981 as a Sprint employee and by 1990 he was president of the company. In 1994 he became the youngest chief executive of a Bell operating company when he was named CEO of Pacific Bell at age 39.

Dorman became an executive vice president of SBC Communications when it acquired Pacific Bell, but left SBC to serve as president, chairman and CEO of PointCast, an internet-based news and information service.