Sprint Appoints Respected Communications Leader to Join Management Team
Douglas Michelman named Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 17, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today the appointment of Douglas Michelman to Sprint’s leadership team. Michelman brings significant experience and expertise to Sprint. Most recently, he spent 10 years as Chief Communications Officer at Visa, where he oversaw global media relations, public affairs, industry analyst relations and financial and communication strategies. Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles at FleishmanHillard, including regional president and senior partner. In addition to his many years of corporate experience, Michelman’s communications background also includes staff positions for two presidential campaigns.
“Doug brings world-class experience to Sprint,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said. “I’m excited about Doug joining my leadership team and believe his background is a tremendous fit for Sprint’s journey to reshape the wireless industry. Simple, honest and transparent communication is an integral component in reshaping the wireless industry.”
While at Visa, Michelman guided communications for its IPO and led the development of the organization’s corporate values. He also established Visa’s corporate responsibility and philanthropy programs. Michelman’s career has taken him to several cities, including a four-year stint in Hong Kong, China.
Michelman replaces Bill White, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, who will be leaving the company. White spent the past 32 years with Sprint (and Sprint-acquired company Centel). “I thank Bill for his numerous contributions since he’s been with Sprint,” Claure said. “I wish him the best.”
Michelman joins Sprint on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and will be relocating to Overland Park, Kansas.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company dedicated to delivering the best value in wireless. Sprint served 55 million customers as of September 30, 2014 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the last four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
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