August 11, 2014

Marcelo Claure

Marcelo Claure was named Sprint President and CEO in August 2014 and has served on the Sprint board of directors since January 2014. Prior to this, he 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 for the year ended 2013.
Under his leadership, Brightstar became the largest global wireless distribution and one of the leading services company in the telecommunications industry. As of August 2014, it had a local presence in more than 50 countries on six continents and delivered its products and services to more than 90,000 customers in over 125 countries.
In 2013, Forbes Magazine listed Brightstar as the 55th largest privately held company in the U.S. Brightstar was also recognized as the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States from 2007 through 2009 and again from 2011 through 2013.
Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Claure is recognized as a “bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial individual committing both time and talent to make the world a better place.” He is 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.
Marcelo is a member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, serves as the Vice Chairman of Barcelona's Mobile World Capital Advisory and is a past member of the CTIA board of directors.
Marcelo is the owner of the Bolivian soccer team, Bolivar, the country’s most popular team. 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. Marcelo also serves on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility.
Marcelo holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance and an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University in Massachusetts.


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