Comprised of some of the most powerful women in the technology sector, Pat Watkins is identified as one of the women who bring unique vision to their companies
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 09, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE: S) is proud to announce that Patricia Watkins, director of Global Client Management & Business Development for Sprint VelocitySM, has been recognized as a 2014 Women of M2M honoree by Connected World magazine. Through her visionary leadership and over seven years of experience managing various automotive accounts for Sprint, Watkins is being recognized for her outstanding and strategic contributions to the connected car industry.
“We are thrilled to celebrate Pat’s recognition as a Woman of M2M, including her key role in developing our award-winning Sprint Velocity connected vehicle solution for automakers,” said Peter Campbell, chief information officer for Sprint and lead executive for Sprint Velocity. “Pat is an exceptionally talented executive leader who played a vital part in creating the Sprint Velocity vision, as well as the continued introduction of new cloud-based capabilities for vehicles.”
Principally responsible for securing new business opportunities and managing account activities, Watkins also oversees cross-functional Sprint teams to deliver on the expectations of automotive customers. She has demonstrated innovative leadership in Sprint’s development of a unique mobile integration model for the automotive industry. Sprint Velocity combines telematics, connectivity and consumer marketing expertise into a single solution for auto manufacturers. Watkins’ role in educating the automotive industry about Sprint Velocity’s connected services has also helped to draw attention to Sprint’s innovations in other M2M markets, such as the company’s role in developing industry-first connected fleet solutions and transportation-related capabilities for usage-based insurance. Before joining the Sprint team, Watkins was a successful business owner and held sales positions with a large pharmaceutical company. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University.
This year’s Women of M2M consists of some of the most influential women in the technology sector representing many of the largest companies in the world. Selected because of the unique perspective they each bring to their respective companies, these innovators have helped to bring connected technologies to life. The winners will be recognized and celebrated at Carlucci Restaurant in Rosemont, Ill., on April 10, 2014. Their individual profiles will be included in an article on the 2014 Women of M2M in Connected World magazine.
About Sprint VelocitySM
Sprint Velocity provides a global end-to-end telematics solution for auto manufacturers. A unit of Sprint, Sprint Velocity enables automakers to more easily integrate the complex components and relationships needed to deliver customized connected services in cars and passenger trucks. Auto companies can offer true in-vehicle integration for infotainment, navigation, mobile device connections, security, and emergency services. Automakers can choose all-in-one or a la carte services, including telematics integration, consumer marketing, Customer Relationship Management, data analytics and support for customer care and billing. According to Informa Telecoms & Media, Sprint Velocity is ranked 2nd among the top 10 telecom operators in the worldwide automotive market. Sprint Velocity has won multiple awards for its innovation, including accolades from Compass Intelligence, M2M Evolution Magazine, Pipeline Magazine and Telematics Update. To learn more visit www.velocity.sprint.com.
Sprint (NYSE: S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2013 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 prepaid 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. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. 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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