AT&T's national public policy and strategy chief Ramona Carlow has been chosen by her peers to chair the Connecticut Business & Industry Association's board of directors.
Carlow, who has more than 20 years of telecommunications experience, was elected by CBIA's 16-member board Thursday night.
She succeeds Peter B. Kent, the chairman and CEO of Bicron Electronics in Canaan, and will serve a one-year term.
CBIA's board also elected two vice chairs: Thomas S. Santa, president and CEO of Santa Energy in Bridgeport, and Donald R. Droppo Jr., president and CEO of Curtis Packaging Corp. in Newtown.
"We are very pleased to have Ramona lead our board into the new year," said John R. Rathgeber, CBIA president and CEO. "Connecticut's political landscape has changed but our state's challenges remain the same. Ramona, Tom, and Don understand the struggles facing our state and businesses."
Carlow joined AT&T as a policy consultant in 1996 and became part of the regulatory group the following year. She was promoted to vice president of regulatory and external affairs in 2003 and was named state president in January 2007.
Earlier this year, Carlow took a new position with national responsibility for AT&T, focusing on issues of public policy and strategy. She is based in New Haven.