Sprint’s Claure talks costs, network expansion in ‘town hall’

Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar, was as announced as the new CEO of Sprint on Aug. 7, 2014. He is pictured here during the World Economic Forum on East Asia in 2012. | Courtesy of World Economics Forum/Flickr
Marcelo Claure, pictured during a 2012 event, addressed Sprint employees Thursday during his first “town hall” as CEO. | Courtesy of World Economics Forum/Flickr

New Sprint chief executive Marcelo Claure addressed challenges and goals for the Overland Park, Kan.-based telecom company Thursday during an employee-only “town hall” meeting.

Claure, who took over this week for Dan Hesse after a seven-year run for the former CEO, pleldged to get the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier “back in the game,” said Doug Duvall, Sprint’s vice president of corporate communications. Claure said that Sprint will achieve the goal by focusing on completing its network expansion, providing customers value and “optimizing Sprint’s cost structure,” Duvall said.

About 400 people attended the event at Sprint’s Overland Park auditorium, Duvall said, and other staff throughout the country accessed the meeting via webcast. Claure took questions from the audience and answered written inquiries submitted by those at Sprint’s regional offices.

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