Fred McCallum was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Auburn University, and his law degree from the University of Alabama. He began his career in Birmingham, Alabama with the law firm of Lange, Simpson, Robinson and Somerville, and joined South Central Bell in 1987. Since then, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in the wireline and wireless business units.
He served in South Central Bell’s Alabama and Headquarters’ operations from 1987 to 1991. From 1991 to 1995 he was Vice-President and General Counsel of MobileComm, a BellSouth wireless subsidiary. From 1996 to 2002, he was General Counsel for Georgia Operations, and Senior Counsel responsible for securing state and federal long distance approval in the former BellSouth southeastern states. From 2002 to 2007 he served as Vice President Regulatory and External Affairs for BellSouth’s Headquarters’ Organization in Atlanta, where he was responsible for the development and support of BellSouth’s regulatory and legislative agenda in state and federal arenas.
He was appointed President – AT&T Alabama effective June 1, 2008. Fred serves on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations in the state, including the Business Council of Alabama, the Birmingham Business Alliance, the Birmingham Education Foundation, the United Way of Central Alabama, and PARCA. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Business Council of Alabama and President of the PARCA Board. He has previously served as Founding Chairman of the Board for the Birmingham Education Foundation, Chairman of the Board of the BBA, and as Chair of the 2013 United Way Campaign for Central Alabama.
Fred was recently recognized for his community service as the recipient of the 2014 A.G. Gaston Award by the A.G. Gaston Conference. He was also selected as a recipient of the Significant Sig award for 2014, which recognizes Sigma Chi fraternity alumni members whose achievements in their fields of endeavor have brought honor and prestige to the fraternity.
Fred is married to Connie McCallum and they have two sons. Will, a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, and Grant, a graduate of Auburn University. He belongs to Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood, Alabama and enjoys being a private pilot, playing golf, and travelling in his spare time.