RALEIGH – A face familiar to many in state government is the new president of AT&T in North Carolina.

On Tuesday the communications and tech giant named Trey Rabon to replace Venessa Harrison, who recently was promoted to president of AT&T in Georgia.

Raybon had served as director of legislative affairs for AT&T in North Carolina. He and his family live in Wake Forest.

His first name is Albert, but he goes by Trey, according to the company.

“Trey has tremendous public policy expertise and understanding of our industry, as well as a passion for North Carolina,” said Sonia Perez, AT&T Regional President for the Southeast, in the announcement. “I am confident he will do a great job as president AT&T-North Carolina and look forward to what the future holds for our customers and for communities across the state.”

Rabon is a native of Camden, SC, and he earned undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of South Carolina.

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AT&T says “Rabon will work closely with community, business, and elected leaders across North Carolina, helping the state to grow and people to connect through AT&T’s investment in bringing the most advanced communications and entertainment technologies and services here.”

Rabon has worked with AT&T since 1999.

“North Carolina is well-positioned for future success and growth in the evolving global economy,” Rabon said.  “I look forward to helping ensure that our state is ready to take advantage of opportunities and overcoming challenges. Our company has a long history of making a difference in communities and in individuals’ lives and I feel blessed to have the chance to carry on that legacy.”