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AT&T's Lurie Promoted to CEO of Mobility

Sarah Thomas

Glenn Lurie, AT&T's head of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, has been promoted to the top slot, replacing Ralph de la Vega as the CEO of AT&T Mobility. De la Vega will take on the CEO slot of AT&T's newly formed Mobile and Business Solutions Group.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced Lurie's promotion from president of emerging enterprises and partnerships organization to CEO of AT&T Mobility LLC on Tuesday afternoon. Lurie will report to de la Vega, and both will report to AT&T CEO and President Randall Stephenson.

The carrier decided to form its new division -- a melding of its business and mobile units -- in response to growing revenues from business-related customers. The new group will focus on "delivering integrated solutions for business customers that are first and foremost mobile, and also secure, reliable, ultra-fast and effortless."

Read up on the wireless market in our dedicated mobile content channel here on Light Reading.

The promotion of Lurie, AT&T's M2M man, to the head of Mobility also speaks to how important telematics and the Internet of Things is to the carrier. (See Audi Taps AT&T for In-Car LTE, What 'G' Do Connected Devices Need? and AT&T Connects 900,000 Devices.)

AT&T's shakeup comes just a few weeks after Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) appointed a new CEO, Marcelo Claure, as well. (See Sprint CEO: Price Cuts First, Best Network Next and Hesse Out, Claure In: Sprint Is Son's House Now!.)

AT&T's stock was up slightly, .09%, to $34.53 in after-market trading on Tuesday.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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8/27/2014 | 1:06:09 AM
Re: M2M
I would humbly suggest that we're already there in terms of Mobile Phone Saturation.   The question is the new revenue stream--and my reading of the "tea leaves" underscores the fact that AT&T is looking for growth in areas like "Digital Life"--although the technology is yet to develop further.   
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