updated 12:55 pm EDT, Wed May 26, 2010
T-Mobile chief Dotson to exit in 2011
T-Mobile's US branch showed signs of upheaval today as its chief executive Robert Dotson said he would leave the company next year. He intends to resign as CEO in February 2011 and will stay on as a regular board of directors member until May. The move was billed by Dotson as long in coming and an opportunity for him to spend more time with family as well as to look into "entirely new and unique challenges."
Parent company Deutche Telekom's own CEO, Rene Olbermann, was surprised and said he "sincerely regret[ted]" Dotson leaving. T-Mobile Germany's former CEO Philipp Humm will come to the American division on July 1st this year in a designated role and has a reputation for turning around the ailing cell carrier at home as well as a stint at Amazon.
Although characterized as voluntary, the executive swap follows as T-Mobile has had little success expanding its foothold in the US. It lost 77,000 subscribers in its latest quarter and has rarely gained more than a few hundred thousand customers in the past several quarters, even with high-profile phones like the G1 and myTouch 3G. T-Mobile was the first to adopt Android in the US but has quickly been eclipsed by Verizon as Google's favorite. Its need to use an uncommon 3G frequency has also kept it away from desirable phones that would end up on AT&T, such as the iPhone.