Sprint names Marcelo Claure new CEO, starts on Monday

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - It's a big day for all Sprint employees, including those at the Overland Park Campus. They'll soon have a new leader.

Sprint employees received an email from outgoing CEO Dan Hesse Wednesday morning. He announced he was leaving after more than 6 years. 

Sprint announced Marcelo Claure, 43, will replace Hesse.

The Bolivian millionaire comes from the Brightstar Corporation, a Miami-based wireless distributor that Claure founded.

Telecom analysts said Claure brings a certain amount of inside knowledge because he's been on the Sprint board since the beginning of the year. 

The announcement comes as a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile fell apart Tuesday

Sprint is the third largest cell provider in the country, but it has struggled to compete with AT&T and Verizon. The company has struggled mainly because of technology which is now a priority for the new CEO. 

Industry experts said Claure has his work cut out for him, but this change could be good for customers.

“Sprint specifically needs that network play going forward to be on the same page as Verizon and AT&T, and then they need a compelling offer that consumers something that really drives consumers back to the sprint network after that network experience is on par,” Aaron Blazer, VP at Atlantic-ACM, said.

Claure plans on moving to the Kansas City area. He will work out of the headquarters in Overland Park. He starts at the CEO on Monday. 

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