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Brian Lesser. Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for Xandr

Brian Lesser, the CEO of AT&T's advertising division called Xandr, has resigned, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios. Reuters first reported the news.

Why it matters: Lesser was heralded by AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson as the executive who would pioneer the company's foray into targeted advertising. Lesser is reportedly resigning after not receiving the job to become Stephenson's successor.

Details: The news comes just days after it was announced that Disney and AMC Networks would be joining AT&T's ad consortium "Community" — a major win for Xandr.

  • Lesser was quoted in the press release announcing the partnership on Wednesday.

The big picture: Lesser has been integral to the company's pitch to investors and regulators that advances in advertising would make AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner worthwhile.

Xandr did not respond to request for comment.

Go deeper: Axios' interview with Lesser about Xandr's 2020 goals

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Nicolas Sarkozy, 2011. Photo: XINHUA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

A court in Paris on Monday sentenced former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence after he was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate, AP reports.

Driving the news: Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, is the first president in France’s modern history to have gone on trial for corruption, per AP. He was charged with corruption and influence-peddling.

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Top NFL prospects would normally be gathering in Indianapolis this week for the annual Scouting Combine. But due to the pandemic, this year's event has been canceled.

What they're saying: No combine means no 40-yard dash times making headlines. Former scout and current NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks that could be a glimpse of the future:

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Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky said Monday that he is "absolutely" confident that the company will be able to meet its distribution goals, which include 100 million doses by June and up to a billion by the end of 2021.

Driving the news: J&J is already in the process of shipping 3.9 million doses this week, just days after the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for the one-shot vaccine. Gorsky said he expects vaccines to be administered to Americans "literally within the next 24 to 48 hours."

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