Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile USA, has appointed John Legere, a 32-year veteran of the U.S. and global telecommunications and technology industries, as CEO of its T-Mobile business unit, effective September 22. He succeeds Jim Alling, who has served as interim CEO since June and will return to his position as T-Mobile’s chief operating officer.
Mr. Legere, 54, is the former CEO of Global Crossing. Prior to joining Global Crossing, Mr. Legere was CEO of Asia Global Crossing, a Microsoft, Softbank and Global Crossing joint venture. Before that, Mr. Legere served as senior vice president of Dell, where he was President of the company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, as well as in the Asia-Pacific region. From 1983 to 1998, Mr. Legere worked at AT&T, where he served in a number of senior positions, including president of AT&T Asia, president of AT&T Solutions Outsourcing and head of global corporate strategy and business development. He began his career at New England Telephone in 1980.
A Massachusetts native, Mr. Legere received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. He earned a master’s degree in science as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Additionally, he received his Master of Business Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) and completed Harvard Business School’s Management Development Program in 1989.
Mr. Legere is a competitive runner and marathoner and uses his running as a means to support various charitable causes. He is on the Board of the New York Road Runners and NYC Marathon, Achilles International and Shoe4Africa.