Ed Drilling joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1979. During his career, he has served in various operations positions including customer service, sales and marketing, and the external affairs organization. He was named President of the Arkansas Division in 2002.
Ed has served on numerous boards over the last 30 years, including: Arkansas Children's Hospital Board of Trustees, UAMS Foundation Fund Board, University of Arkansas Board of Advisors, current Chairman of Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, former President of Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, former President of Fifty for the Future, Sam M. Walton College of Business Dean's Executive Advisory Board, UAMS Arkansas BioVentures Advisory Board, UALR College of Business Administration Advisory Council, Arkansas State University Chancellor's Cabinet, Simmons First National Corporation Board, and was most recently appointed to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC). He received the Pinnacle Award in 2003 from the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the highest honor the chamber gives for service to the community.
He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the Walton College at the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of Emory's Advanced Management Program.