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AT&T Mobility CEO Lurie to Retire

AT&T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie is set to retire on September 1.

The Wall Street Journal originally reported that Lurie will step down in 2018, and AT&T now confirms that the executive's retirement date will be September 1, 2017. Lurie, formerly AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s M2M Unit Boss, took over as CEO of AT&T Mobility from Ralph de la Vega in August 2014. (See AT&T's Lurie Promoted to CEO of Mobility.)

An AT&T spokesman confirmed by email early afternoon that Lurie is leaving: "Glenn has announced his intention to retire on September 1. [We] Don't have any additional statement to share."

During his tenure as CEO, Lurie has focused on developing both AT&T's connected car and smart cities markets. (See AT&T Going Big on Smart Cities and AT&T Deal Puts 4G in 10 Million New Fords by 2020.)

The change for AT&T Mobility comes amid talk of wider changes at the top of AT&T. The catalyst for this would be AT&T's merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), which the operator expects to complete this year. (See AT&T Adds 2.8M Subs Across US & Mexico, Various Connected Devices in Q2.)

Those changes could even include AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. CFO John Stephens recently acknowledged the rumors on the operator's second-quarter earnings call, but he described such talk as "premature."

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

Presiden18402 8/4/2017 | 8:43:16 AM
Lurie to retire-not a surprise... As a former employee of AT&T Mobility at HQ in Atlanta, Lurie's "retirement" announcement is long overdo. With the takeover of Time Warner, and the subsequent appointment of golden boy John Stankey to head of the Entertainment Group by CEO Randall Stephenson, this was just the proverbial writing on the wall for Glenn. It was more than apparent that there was discord between Stankey and Lurie as there could only be one ruler. While Stankey is obviously a smart, confident, and intelligent man, he is also acerbic, pompous (major understatement), and downright condescending to just about everyone. Make no mistakes, John loves himself very much, and much more than anyone else on terra firma; especially Glenn. With two extremely competitive leaders, there can be only one in the end and unfortunately for Glenn, John is Randall's boy. So now what's on the horizon for Glenn? Glenn is a very personable and honest guy and I'm sure he could go just about anywhere. But, since there is most definitely life outside of the AT&T corporate machine, I personally hope he actually does retire and enjoy the wonderful life away from the madness with the money he's worked so hard for. After all, with everything that's going on in the world, one needs to remember that life truly is short so enjoy it while you can. And, if he ever wants to go kick a soccer ball around and relive a bit of his major soccer profession youth, have him give me a call... ;-)
Presiden18402 8/4/2017 | 9:03:03 AM
Re: Lurie to retire-not a surprise... My Time Warner comment should actually read Direct TV. The TW deal is in the works and will create an even bigger AT&T machine. Maybe they'll learn and start becoming a more efficient machine? MUCH waste at the top echelons and many people in positions just because they've been there for eternity. Years of service doesn't equal qualified and entitlement shouldn't be the word of the day...
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