August 11, 2014
Prior to Sprint, Marcelo was CEO of Brightstar, a company he founded in 1997 and grew from a small Miami-based distributor into a global business with more than $10 billion in gross revenue in 2013.
The World Economic Forum named Marcelo a Young Global Leader, recognizing him as a “bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial individual committing both time and talent to make the world a better place.”
Looking out for our future begins with our youth, including empowering the world’s poorest children through education and programs such as One Laptop Per Child. Marcelo co-founded and is passionate about this organization, which aims to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, connected laptop. He also actively promotes the use of technology in the classroom.
Marcelo is on the board of directors of CTIA-The Wireless Association and is a member of its 2015 Executive Committee. He is on the Wall Street Journal CEO Council and serves as the vice chairman of Barcelona’s Mobile World Capital Advisory. He’s also a member of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame and in 2010 was included in the Global Telecoms Business 40 under 40.
Soccer is another priority in Marcelo’s life – he owns Bolivar, the most popular soccer team in Bolivia. In February 2014, together with David Beckham and Simon Fuller, Marcelo became a principal partner in Miami Beckham United, a venture to establish a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in Miami. He also serves on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility.
Marcelo earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance and an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University in Massachusetts.