updated 05:13 pm EDT, Wed June 27, 2012
Early exit from US carrier due to European competitor move
Chief Executive of T-Mobile USA Philipp Humm has resigned from the company, leaving COO Jim Alling in charge while a replacement is searched for. A spokesman said that Humm is leaving his position to join an unnamed competitor in Europe, and would be rejoining his family there. Originally, Humm had advised T-Mobile of his intention to leave by September, however his departure was moved forward once he informed Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Rene Obermann of his new employer's identity, which remains unknown.
Humm joined Deitsche Telekom in 2005, originally being responsible for the company's mobile business in Germany. He moved over to managing sales and service activities for European markets within the Deutsche Telekom group in 2008, and moved to T-Mobile USA in May 2010 before becoming CEO in November that year. One of his last actions of CEO was to start the culling of more than 1,900 jobs at the carrier.
An email from interim CEO Alling to T-Mobile USA employees has been released by the company, in which he reaffirms his commitment to continue the internally-named "Challenger" strategy begun under Humm. Building the brand with the "No More Mr. Nice Girl" advertising campaign, an increased focus on business-to-business and MVNO channels, and network modernization schemes were seen as core priorities by Alling, who finished the email by thanking staff for their commitment. [via Wall Street Journal]