AT&T Mobility has a new CEO: Glenn Lurie has been promoted to lead the second-largest US carrier. He takes the place of Ralph de la Vega, who served as chief executive since 2007 and is now tasked with overseeing AT&T's newly formed Mobile and Business Solutions Group. Essentially, de la Vega now sits between Lurie and AT&T's main boss, Randall Stephenson. As CEO of the mobility unit, Lurie will continue to report to de la Vega.
Of de la Vega's new duties, AT&T says:
Business-related customers represent more than 50 percent of our mobile revenues and it's growing. This new group will focus on delivering integrated solutions for business customers that are first and foremost mobile, and also secure, reliable, ultra-fast and effortless.
Lurie previously led AT&T Mobility's Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships business and steps into his new role as AT&T enjoys a comfortable second-place position in the US wireless industry. This marks the second major executive change at one of the big four carriers in recent months. Sprint, which continues to bleed subscribers, experienced a shift at the top when Marcelo Claure took over for former CEO Dan Hesse earlier this month.
In his official executive bio, AT&T credits de la Vega for helping it become "one of the world's leading smartphone and mobile internet providers." He earned the top spot when Stan Stigman, who Apple fans may remember from Steve Jobs' original iPhone unveiling, stepped down in 2007. De la Vega has also taken to the stage for a number of notable events; aside from wireless industry keynotes, he's also been on hand for the launch of the HTC First, Amazon's Fire Phone, and other products.