Forsee Steps Down As Chairman, CEO of Sprint Nextel
–James Hance, Jr. to serve as acting chairman; Paul Saleh named acting CEO
–Company conducting outside search for new CEO
–Company updates 2007 financial guidance
print Nextel announced today that Gary Forsee is stepping down as the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. A committee of the Sprint Nextel Board of Directors has been formed and is conducting the search for a new CEO.
James Hance, Jr., a member of the Board of Directors, will assume the role of acting non-executive chairman of the Board. Paul Saleh, current chief financial officer of Sprint Nextel, will serve as acting CEO until a permanent replacement for Forsee is named. With Hance serving in the position of non-executive chairman, the position of lead independent director, held by Irvine Hockaday, will be combined with that role. Hockaday will remain a member of the Board.
“On behalf of the entire board and the Sprint Nextel employees, we want to thank Gary for his dedication and leadership and all of the contributions he has made since becoming chief executive of Sprint in 2003,” said Hockaday.
According to Hockaday, the decision to seek a new CEO was based on the Board’s belief that it is the right time to put in place new leadership to move the company forward in improving its performance and realizing corporate objectives.
“The Board’s search for selecting its next chief executive will focus on candidates outside the company,” said Hockaday. “We fully expect that the search will be concluded in a timely manner and we are focused on selecting the right candidate to guide the company to achieve its full potential. Sprint Nextel has the assets, spectrum, customer base and technology to be the leader in wireless mobility services.”
Updated Operational Metrics and Financial Guidance
The company announced today that it expects to report a net loss of approximately 337,000 post-paid subscribers in the third quarter. In addition, both adjusted OIBDA* and consolidated operating revenue for 2007 are expected to be slightly below the range of previously provided guidance of $11.0 to $11.5 billion of adjusted OIBDA and $41 to $42 billion of consolidated operating revenue.
Sprint Nextel will release its third-quarter financial results on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007.
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