Sprint isn’t the only company to be shifting around some high level executives, although the news might be significantly more recognizable for having already been in the limelight over the now defunct T-mobile deal. Today AT&T announced that it will be moving around a couple of high ranking executives in light of their now former CEO of AT&T Business Solutions Andrew Geisse retirement after 35 years of being employed with the company. In effect, AT&T is making some overall changes to the Business Solutions and Mobile sector of the company, and will name the current CEO of AT&T Mobility Ralph de la Vega as the head and CEO of AT&T’s merged group, and will be calling the merged division AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions Group.
Taking over as CEO of AT&T Mobility for Ralph de la Vega will be Glenn Lurie, who prior to this new position held the title of CEO of AT&T Mobility’s Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships business. It seems that all these changes of leadership are in result of Geisse taking his retirement, although it wouldn’t be surprising since AT&T has had longtime plans for the divisional merger, that the retirement was a result of the merger and not the other way around, however that is just some speculation on our part. Now with AT&T’s marketing and distribution channels for business solutions coming together, AT&T will likely be able to better serve the some 3.5 million business customers that they have.
With over 50 percent of AT&T’s mobile revenue coming from the business solutions customers, it makes sense that they might want to merge the Mobility division with the Business Solutions group as it might make things easier and more cohesive. Lurie seems like a right fit to take over the position for de la Vega, as he reportedly facilitated AT&T’s exclusive offering of the iPhone back when it launched some years ago which was obviously a lucrative move for AT&T Mobility at the time. As if it was much of a shock, the core focus of the new merged divisions will be to provide the business customers with integrated solutions. Business is big business for AT&T, and these changes highlight that pretty well, and display that AT&T takes it’s business customers seriously.