T-Mobile has added a new executive position responsible for overseeing the company’s integration of Sprint as the two wireless carriers seek federal approval of their planned $26.5 billion merger.
Sunit Patel is T-Mobile’s executive vice president, merger and integration lead, the Bellevue, Washington-based wireless carrier announced Monday.
Berge Ayvazian, a consultant for industry research firm Wireless 20/20, said he expects Patel to play a prominent role in deciding the post-merger fates of Sprint employees, buildings and other infrastructure.
T-Mobile’s hiring announcement said Patel will lead the company’s “strategic planning efforts to integrate its business” with Sprint, the Overland Park, Kansas-based telecom company.
Ayvazian said T-Mobile likely turned to Patel because he is an outsider without allegiance to either company involved in the merger, which is currently awaiting federal regulatory approval.
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