Senior Vice President, Network & Product Planning, AT&T Services, Inc.
Inducted in 2014
Kris Rinne is responsible for planning the evolution of the AT&T Global IP backbone, mobility core, radio access roadmap, wireless device requirements and certification, and the technical solutions for AT&T's products and services. She and her team also lead the network performance analysis for wireless access, as well as the implementation and expansion of the 4G LTE network. Previously, Ms. Rinne served as Cingular's chief technology officer with similar responsibilities.
Ms. Rinne and her team have been involved in many industry firsts, including the world's first wide scale launch of UMTS/HSPA in 2005, the initial iPhone launch, and the distributed architecture for 4G LTE in 2011.
She is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors for 4G Americas, on the board of the Next Generation Mobile Network organization (NGMN), and is the chairperson emeritus for Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).
Ms. Rinne was named in the "Top 10 Most Influential Women in Wireless" list by Fierce Wireless in 2013 and 2012. In 2012, she was listed in the Top 100 Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector. Most recently, the Wireless History Foundation named Ms. Rinne as a 2013 inductee into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame.