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Exclusive: CEO of AT&T advertising unit Xandr resigns – source – Source Reuters Tech News

(Reuters) – Brian Lesser, chief executive of AT&T Inc advertising unit Xandr, has resigned, according to a source familiar with the matter, raising questions about the future of its advanced advertising strategy.

A spokesman for AT&T declined to comment. Lesser was not immediately reachable.

Lesser had interviewed for the CEO role at WarnerMedia, AT&T’s media unit, but received an indication that he would not be selected, the source said.

A replacement is not yet known.

AT&T has spent a combined $134 billion on satellite TV provider DirecTV and media company Time Warner to take on Netflix Inc and craft a digital and TV advertising strategy that would make use of the combined companies’ assets.

The company launched Xandr in 2018 to offer partners a better way to target ads to consumers using data collected from phone, internet and TV services.

Lesser felt comfortable stepping down because Xandr is in a good position and its first quarter results are expected to show…

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