T-Mobile USA CEO Resigns To Join Rival
June 28, 2012

T-Mobile USA CEO Resigns To Join Rival

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Philipp Humm, chief executive of T-Mobile USA, has resigned from his position to reunite with his family in Europe and pursue new opportunities, the company announced on Wednesday.

Deutsche Telecom, T-Mobile USA´s parent company, said that Jim Alling, Chief Operating Officer of T-Mobile USA, would take over as interim CEO as the company searches for Humm´s permanent replacement.

Humm joined Deutsche Telekom in 2005, and was initially responsible for the company´s mobile business in Germany.  In 2008, he assumed responsibility for running the sales and service activities of European mobile companies within Deutsche Telekom Group.  In May 2010, he moved over to T-Mobile USA, and took up his role as chief executive in November with a mission to lead a turnaround strategy for the company.

Bellevue, WA-based T-Mobile USA is the fourth largest wireless operator in the United States. The company has struggled to compete against its largest rivals in recent years.

Since taking over as CEO in 2010, Humm had led the company through its unsuccessful acquisition bid by AT&T, which was overturned by regulators earlier this year.

Although T-Mobile´s official announcement said that Humm´s abrupt departure was due to a desire to reunite with his family in Europe, an internal memo sent to employees and obtained by GeekWire suggests that Humm may have left to join a rival carrier.

“The reason Philipp has vacated his position with such short notice is because of his new employer: Philipp informed me a few days ago that he will be joining a competitor of Deutsche Telekom,” wrote Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann in the memo sent Wednesday morning to all T-Mobile USA employees.

The memo did not identify the competitor.

“I want to thank Philipp for his nearly two years with T-Mobile USA. His contribution to cost efficiencies and the development of the Challenger Strategy has given the company some important initiatives. With a new leader at the helm, our challenge will be to develop these initiatives into measurable success in the market,” Obermann wrote.

T-Mobile USA´s long-term prospects have improved slightly this year, although the carrier is still the only nationwide wireless provider that doesn´t sell the iPhone.  However, it now has the necessary spectrum to upgrade its network to become compatible with the popular Apple devices. On Tuesday, T-Mobile said it had agreed to purchase some spectrum from Verizon Wireless, and swap other spectrum holdings, to enhance its ability to offer wireless data service. The deal is subject to regulatory approval of Verizon´s deals with other companies.