Sprint's CDMA Chief Garcia Leaves - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile

Sprint's CDMA Chief Garcia Leaves

Keith Cowan, who has been serving as Sprint's president of strategy and corporate development, takes his place temporarily.

John Garcia, president of Sprint Nextel's CDMA business unit, abruptly left the company as of Friday, the company reported. Garcia also had headed up Sprint's ill-fated Pivot offering, which delivered wireless services to U.S. cable companies but was shuttered earlier this year.

The CDMA unit is the most promising business for Sprint as it has spun out its WiMax operation to Clearwire and as it works to improve its struggling iDEN network, which it picked up when it acquired Nextel.

Named to head up the CDMA unit on an interim basis was Keith Cowan, who has been serving as Sprint's president of strategy and corporate development. Cowan joined Sprint Nextel in July 2007. An attorney, he previously held executive positions at BellSouth.

As one of Sprint's earliest employees, hired in 1996, Garcia began as VP of marketing, and during his tenure Sprint became the fastest company ever to reach $10 billion. Earlier in his career, Garcia held executive positions at GTE Mobilnet and AT&T.

Garcia's departure follows the vote last week by Clearwire shareholders, who approved the merger with Sprint interests to rollout a nationwide WiMax network. After Pivot was closed earlier this year, there was much speculation that cable companies could shift to WiMax to offer wireless subscriber service and include it as part of their service bundles. There had also been speculation that Garcia might move to Clearwire, which is dominated by Sprint, which has a 51% equity stake in the wide area wireless company.

Last month Sprint debuted its WiMax offering in Baltimore and users have generally praised the service. Sprint has already shifted several key executives to the Clearwire operation. WiMax offers high-speed transmissions capable of delivering video, games, and robust data services and, as such, will compete with CDMA.

While Sprint will continue to rollout its CDMA service, it has said it will work to improve its iDEN network. Sprint sought a buyer for the iDEN service, but it came up empty handed.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
News
How COVID is Changing Technology Futures
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/23/2020
Slideshows
10 Ways AI Is Transforming Enterprise Software
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  7/13/2020
Commentary
IT Career Paths You May Not Have Considered
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  6/30/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
Video
Current Issue
Special Report: Why Performance Testing is Crucial Today
This special report will help enterprises determine what they should expect from performance testing solutions and how to put them to work most efficiently. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll