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Sprint Shuffles Executive Deck, Plans New Office Environment

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Nov 21, 2017, 9:11 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Sprint is adjusting its top ranks in an effort to streamline its management structure, according to an internal memo obtained by Fierce Wireless. To start, a number of executives are departing the company, including COO Günther Ottendorfer, who's been behind a lot of Sprint's network advancements. Ottendorfer framed the departure as a chance to return to his family in his home county of Austria. Other departures include Jeff Nelson and Jim Hyde. A handful of executives have been promoted, including Dow Draper, who is now the chief commercial officer, and Kevin Crull, who is now the chief strategy officer. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has reduced the number of executives who report directly to him from 16 to nine, including Draper, Crull, COO Nestor Cano, President of Sprint Jan Geldmacher, and CTO John Saw. In addition to the management changes, Claure outlined plans to reimagine its corporate offices in a way that promotes teamwork. Claure and select executives are relocating to a new space on the Sprint campus to test the changes, which will be rolled out across Sprint offices nationwide if they function as hoped. "As we start this new chapter, we’re building an organization that is flatter, faster and closer than ever to our customers," said Claure to Sprint employees. "At the same time, we’re creating an environment where partners can collaborate more easily and are empowered to make the decisions that will enable Sprint’s success." The changes appear to be a response to the failed merger with T-Mobile.

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Nov 23, 2017, 8:23 PM

More Unnecessary Arbitrary Changes


"Our company is failing, oh, lets move offices, AGAIN, to see how well this works." It's as asinine and pointless, as that thought of having different presidents in each state or region as they had last year. It also sends a very clear message that Claure is NOT a leader, nor in control as he would like to think, and that his own employees and staff can't do their jobs.

These are "streamlining" methods companies use when they are downsizing, under strain, and are losing a grip on their customer base. You don't start moving things around at HQ like offices and groups of people from one place to another as its disruptive and distracting, and frankly, kills morale. Sprint needs...
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