Sprint CEO addresses jobs, effort amid T-Mobile merger

Sprint, the Overland Park, Kansas-based wireless company currently navigating a merger with rival carrier T-Mobile, rented Kansas City’s Sprint Arena on Wednesday and Thursday to host sessions attended by almost all of its 6,000 headquarters employees. At the sessions, newly minted Sprint CEO Michel Combes addressed the elephant in the arena: the future of employees’ jobs.

“Whenever there’s a merger coming, there’s always tons of opportunity,” Combes said Thursday. “And it’s in your hands. It’s your ability to get and seize those opportunities.”

Combes was chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent when it was acquired, and he said most of his colleagues kept their jobs after that deal. He said he wants the same for Sprint.

The chief executive said outside observers expect Sprint to “downshift” as it awaits regulatory approval of its deal with T-Mobile. Instead, he said, the company must push harder in terms of investment, innovation and effort.

Combes also said the company’s headquarters in suburban Kansas City will get a redesign in the near future.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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