Scott T. VanderSanden has served as the president of AT&T Wisconsin since November 2006. In 2018, he was appointed as the president of AT&T Plains States, with oversight over Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
As Wisconsin’s state president, Scott worked closely with the state legislature on several transformative pieces of legislation, including the Video Competition Act, which accelerated AT&T’s entry into the Wisconsin video market. In 2011, Scott led AT&T’s efforts to support the Telecommunications Modernization Act, the first major revision of statutes regulating telecommunications since 1994. In 2019, Scott was instrumental in advocating for legislation that streamlined the deployment of small cells in Wisconsin, paving the way for next-generation wireless technology.
A native of suburban Chicago, Scott began his career at AT&T, then known as Ameritech, in 1989 in the finance and central regulatory departments. His duties included advocacy at the Federal Communications Commission. In 1997, he accepted the position of wholesale director of regulatory affairs for Wisconsin, where he worked with the Public Service Commission on issues related to the development of a competitive local marketplace. In 2001, Scott was appointed as vice president of regulatory affairs for Wisconsin, where he oversaw regulatory matters affecting the company and provided expert advice on telecom issues before the state legislature.
Scott’s been on many boards as president of AT&T Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce and Jobs for America’s Graduates-Wisconsin. He has also worked closely with UW-Eau Claire’s Chancellor Council and UW-Madison’s School of Business.
Scott holds a master’s degree in business administration from UW-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in finance from UW-Eau Claire.
Scott and his wife Susan have raised three adults — Erik, Dustin and Melissa — in Oregon, Wisconsin. He enjoys competitive athletics, including baseball, volleyball, golf, hockey and bicycle racing. Today, he spends his free time trying to improve his golf game.