John Legere stepping down from T-Mobile CEO position in 2020, Mike Sievert named as successor

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A little more than seven years after joining T-Mobile, John Legere has announced that he’s leaving the company in the near future.

Legere will exit his position as T-Mobile CEO on April 30, 2020. Starting May 1, 2020, Mike Sievert will be T-Mo’s President and CEO. John Legere will remain a member of the board at T-Mobile.

The T-Mobile board of directors, Legere included, has been involved in a multi-year leadership succession process and ultimately chose Sievert as the next T-Mobile CEO. Sievert joined T-Mobile in 2012 as its Chief Marketing Officer and then became Chief Operating Officer in 2015. He joined the board of directors and was named president of T-Mo in 2018.

Here’s what John Legere had to say about Mike Sievert:

“I hired Mike in 2012 and I have great confidence in him. I have mentored him as he took on increasingly broad responsibilities, and he is absolutely the right choice as T-Mobile’s next CEO. Mike is well prepared to lead T-Mobile into the future. He has a deep understanding of where T-Mobile has been and where it needs to go to remain the most innovative company in the industry.

“I am extremely proud of the culture and enthusiasm we have built around challenging the status quo and our ongoing commitment to putting customers first. Together, these attributes have distinguished T-Mobile in the marketplace and on Wall Street, giving us a powerful business advantage that is instilled throughout every level of T-Mobile. I am confident it will thrive under Mike’s leadership.”

Meanwhile, Mike Sievert thanked Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges and T-Mobile’s board of directors for the opportunity to become the new T-Mo CEO and John Legere for everything he’s done for the carrier over the past 7+ years. And while he may not be as brash as Legere, Sievert pledged that T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier culture” won’t change:

“The Un-carrier culture, which all our employees live every day, will not change. T-Mobile is not just about one individual. Our company is built around an extraordinarily capable management team and thousands of talented, committed, and customer-obsessed employees.

“Going forward, my mission is to build on T-Mobile’s industry-leading reputation for empowering employees to deliver an outstanding customer experience and to position T-Mobile not only as the leading mobile carrier, but as one of the most admired companies in America.”

As for what Legere will do after stepping down as T-Mobile CEO, he was tight-lipped about his plans but did say that he’s “not retiring.” He did touch on the recent rumors about him becoming WeWork’s new CEO, saying that was “never having discussions” about running WeWork.

T-Mobile made a couple of other executive announcements today. First up, T-Mo CFO Braxton Carter has extended his contract through July 1, 2020 to help with the transition to Mike Sievert as the new T-Mobile CEO. Additionally, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray is being given the title of President of Technology at T-Mo.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • atown7475

    U guys are quick

  • The Borg

    Well that figures

  • Armand

    Did you mean he will “remain” on the board? It’s not going to be the same without his energy but I know Mike and the rest of the team will do well.

  • Acdc1a

    Everyone should remember that John was a stuffy former AT&T snob when he got to T-Mobile. Don’t judge Mike until he has a chance to take over and adjust.

  • steveb944

    He will be missed.

  • ASolzhenitsyn

    End of an era!

  • squiggleslash

    While he’ll be missed, there was only one period in T-Mobile’s history, that time shortly before and until the end of the AT&T merger, when T-Mobile wasn’t an innovative, positive, pro-customer company. It has the right culture, and hopefully it’ll continue to have that culture moving forward.

  • Nate

    Well, not sure I am liking this news. While Mike seems fine, he does not seem to present the same energy or presence as John or at least not thus far. Hoping for the best and Congrats to Mike.

  • Jon

    Glad to see Neville Ray gets a title upgrade as well. Ray has led the technology transformation from T-Mobile’s darkest days (ATT Merger) to their current success. He’s been a valued member of the GSMA for a decade, but helped TMO deploy the largest DC-HSPA+ network in the world prior to launching their highly competitive LTE/LTE-Advanced network. Unlike Sprint and, to a great extent, ATT – He’s helped ensure that TMO pushed the technical envelope as best they could.

    • Jay Holm

      Well worded, I totally agree!!!

  • Bryck

    Not surprised. I expected for him to hand over the reigns to Sievert post merger, not as flamboyan as John, but just as capable in my opinion.

  • Aaron a

    Well of course cuz soft bank gave him the golden parachute for CEO of wework

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Looks like he is going to wework….or some other company

  • pseudoswede

    Our long national nightmare is over! Just kidding. I appreciate all he has done to TMo, especially the first few years.

    Maybe he’ll take over Regus and rename it UnWork.

  • Jose Mendoza

    Welp, at least I rest assured that Mike is taking over

  • SirStephenH

    I other words. If we’re allowed to merge with Sprint and create a triopoly then there’s no need to continue to meaningfully disrupt the cellular industry and therefore John Legere is no longer needed as CEO.

  • Mike McDonald

    Somebody in the Valley will get him. I could see him taking charge of Apple Retail.

    • mikeZo6

      APPLE CEO hopefully not the same since Steve J RIP
      John uses Apple phones for years always see in his hand.

      • SurvivingSunnyvale

        He knows nothing about manufacturing.

  • Jason Caprio

    Plot Twist: John Legere ends up becoming the new CEO of Verizon Wireless. He starts wearing red shirts with the VZ Logo on it. He then starts talking smack about AT&T and Sprint-T-Mobile. LOL

    • I hope not! Verizon with their Visible off-brand is, ironically, currently the most competitive wireless carrier. When I first signed-up with T-Mo in 2011 or so, I was paying like 50 bucks per month total, and had a free smartphone with unlimited data and tethering. Now I’m paying 75 bucks per month, have to bring my own phone — when you add the price of the phone to this (without the silly trade-in write-offs), the cost almost doubled.

      Yeah, Legere brought the company to profitability, and has certainly been fun to watch, but if you were looking for great deals, the price has doubled for you. After nearly 10 years of being a customer, I’m thinking that it’s finally the time to switch to a more budget-friendly carrier; looks like with Visible, I can have a total of 3 lines for the same price that I’m paying for a single line to T-Mo; plus, Verizon probably still has the best coverage.

  • Jim Mill

    Bummer

  • superg05

    THE DECLINE BEGINS NOW

  • Fan_Atl77

    Congratulations to both John and Mike, I think this is the Really Uncarrier move of All. Given the forthcoming changes, hopefully, T-mobile will continue to provide Great customer, which Stands out from the Rest, as the Best in the industry.

  • Nikitao1

    Stocks are going to tank and T-Mobile is not going to make their Sprint money back. See it already.

  • Yonatan Ben Magen

    Have two 50% bill credit EIPs for S9+ (Military promo) that will be paid off in May. Perfect timing to be a free agent – will say that I’ve noticed more congestion and increased latency more and more.

    Hopefully when they flip the switch on 5G in December it may change the game – but will T-Mobile change without John?

    The sad truth is that the bigger a company gets the less they need to actually GAF about customers.

    Think I’ll give 5G a spin before I make any decisions.