Under New Ownership, Sprint Loses Two Top Executives

A Sprint store in Springfield | Photo by Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Sprint confirmed that its president of network, technology and operations and its chief network officer are leaving the company. The two men had worked together previously at AT&T Wireless.

Steven L. Elfman was Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint’s second-highest-paid executive last year, earning $9 million in a mix of salary, stock and other compensation. Bob Azzi was replaced as chief network officer by John Saw, who had been chief technology officer of Clearwire. Sprint acquired Clearwire last year as part of its acquisition by Tokyo-based SoftBank.

The Wall Street Journal, in a front page article Friday, included Azzi’s departure in a sweeping account of the Softbank owner’s sometimes boisterous efforts to drive Sprint.

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