Marachel KnightSVP – Engineering & Operations at AT&T
Marachel Knight is Senior Vice President of Engineering & Operations. Marachel’s responsibilities include engineering and operations of AT&T’s mobility core network, common IP backbone network, transport and cloud engineering as well as global 24x7 monitoring and surveillance of AT&T's network, tier 3 advanced technical support, business continuity planning and AT&T’s central command operations, the Global Technology Operations Center (GTOC).
Over the past 20 years at AT&T, Marachel has served in a variety of technology leadership positions including Senior Vice President of Technology Services & Operations, Senior Vice President of Wireless and Access Engineering, Construction, and Operations, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Engineering and Senior Vice President of Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T Labs. Her specialties include technology architecture and development, technology engineering, network construction, technology operations, technology realization and program management, P&L, business operations, capital and expense budget management, and project management. Marachel led the architecting and development of AT&T’s 5G commercial launch plan, launched AirGig technology trials, advanced the transformative software-defined networking initiative and led business development and project management for AT&T’s customized venue antenna solutions.
Marachel has two patented inventions: Systems for Use with Multi-Number Cellular Devices, and Messaging Forwarding System. Marachel’s industry accolades include recognition as a 2018 Rising Star in Wireless by Fierce Wireless; Black Enterprise’s 2018 Top Tech Influencers list; MAKERS@ 2018 Award, Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful Executives in 2017; Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2016 Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders Award; 2014 Women of Color Professional Achievement Award; and 2013 Black Engineer of the Year President's Award.
Marachel serves on the board of directors for Marvell, a publicly traded leader in data infrastructure semiconductor technology and for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. She also co-established and is a national advisor for Advocates for Women in Technology, an AT&T employee resource network. Marachel is a former chair and of the Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute Alumni Leadership Council and formerly served on the advisory board of After School Matters. Marachel gives back by volunteering her time to mentor professionals and work with youth.
Marachel is a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional. She earned a master's degree in information networking from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Florida State University.
Marachel currently resides in Dallas and enjoys time with her family, reading, traveling and watching football.