WiMax Leader Clearwire Names New CEO

 
 
By Roy Mark  |  Posted 2009-03-09
 
 
 

With the markers already down in the 4G battle between Clearwire and Sprint Nextel's WiMax and Verizon Wireless' LTE, Clearwire March 9 named former Vodafone and Pacific Gas & Electric executive William T. Morrow as CEO. Morrow replaces current CEO Benjamin G. Wolff, who will become co-chairman of Clearwire, sharing the duties with current chairman Craog O. McCaw.

"The chance to lead Clearwire at a time when the company sits on the cusp of doing something truly remarkable -- to change the way people connect to and use the Internet -- was not one to be missed," Morrow said in a statement. "Clearwire's business model and unique assets have us well positioned to meet the rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband services."

Clearwire is racing to establish the first nationwide 4G network, betting the farm on WiMax technology. Verizon Wireless and AT&T, the nation's two largest wireless carriers, are counting on LTE for their 4G technology.
With WiMax networks already established in Baltimore and Portland, Ore., Clearwire Clearwire said March 5 it plans to roll out 4G WiMax networks in eight metropolitan areas in 2009 and add at least another four markets in 2010

"Bill Morrow has developed a global reputation in the telecommunications industry as a highly regarded executive with an extraordinary track record of success in U.S., Europe and Japan," MCaw said in a statement. "Years of experience in key positions with great companies such as AirTouch and Vodafone have given Bill a great perspective on achieving operating efficiencies and enhancing value creation to profitably build and scale businesses."

Morrow comes to Clearwire from
Pacific Gas & Electric, where he served as president and CEO. Prior to PG&E, Morrow worked at Vodafone in a number of senior executive positions, including CEO of of Vodafone, Europe and president of Vodafone KK in Japan. He also served as President of Japan Telecom Co. and held senior executive positions with wireless telecommunications carrier AirTouch International.

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