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William G. McGowan

MCI Communications

1968 - 1985

Communications

1960 b. 1927
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateKing's College
GraduateMBA, Harvard University
Personal
Born-Died1927 - 1992
BirthplacePennsylvania (PA)
RaceWhite
FatherLaborer, Skilled
Era - 1960

McGowan built a $4 billion telecommunication business that defeated the AT&T monopoly. Acting as a self-employed consultant, McGowan rescued MCI by paying off its debts and created a lean competitor to AT&T by under-pricing the monopolist. By the end of his tenure, MCI had an estimated 15% of the U.S. long-distance market.