Sprint's New Boss Plans Cost Cuts
Just one day into the job, Sprint's new boss Marcelo Claure is house hunting near the company's Overland Park headquarters and preparing employees for cost cuts and a revived aggressive competitive strategy. (See Hesse Out, Claure In: Sprint Is Son's House Now!)
The former Brightstar Corp. CEO will hold a company-wide "town hall" meeting on Thursday to outline his vision for the struggling wireless company. With an acquisition of T-Mobile US Inc. off the table, Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) has to find a way to compete in the market alone, especially against T-Mobile itself, whose boisterous CEO is already waging verbal warfare against Sprint. (See DT Wants Spectrum Favors; Legere Wants Sprint's Slot, T-Mob's Legere Unleashed: 'Total Chaos at Sprint' and Sprint Drops Bid for T-Mobile – Reports .)
Claure didn't share specifics on Sprint's future, but he did say that its new strategy will have to include competing aggressively in the marketplace, building on comments outgoing CEO Dan Hesse made around experimenting with dropping prices on the carrier's most recent earnings call. (See A Short History of Hesse and Sprint, T-Mobile: The Price War's On.)
The plan could also include more job cuts to become more cost efficient. In the memo obtained by Bloomberg, Claure writes, "In the short term, our success will come from our focus on becoming extremely cost efficient and competing aggressively in the marketplace. The management team has been working closely with the board to outline the future strategy of the company."
Claure also alluded to the company's scrapped merger plans with T-Mobile, noting "You have probably seen the many media reports speculating about Sprint's future. As I have already said, consolidating makes sense in the long term but, for now, we will focus on growing and repositioning Sprint."
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading