Executive Alert is a weekly report on career moves, awards and recognition and other news about top executives from across the Show-Me State.
Jim Brasunas, who in early May announced his retirement as the executive director of ITEN, officially stepped away at the end of the month from his role with the organization, which provides mentoring and training to the technology firms in their development stages. Brasunas, 66, said St. Louis entrepreneurs were isolated when he founded ITEN in 2008. He worked to connect the area’s entrepreneurs in his years at the helm of ITEN, and he said the organization is strong enough to continue without him.
Kansas City businessman Tom Isenberg has announced his retirement as Border States Electric’s director of special projects. Isenberg and his brother, John Isenberg, owned Western Extralite Co. before selling it to Border States last fall. Tom Isenberg will step down later this month and join company’s board of directors in August.
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Sprint Corp. CEO Marcelo Claure said his company will be ranked “No. 1 or No. 2 in every single network” within the next two years. At Re/code’s Code Conference last week, Claure discussed the Overland Park, Kan.-based telecom company’s constant focus on getting better. Claure also said that Sprint has surpassed T-Mobile US Inc. in quality of network coverage.
Leo Drey of University City, who owned Missouri’s largest private land holding before donating it to a conservation foundation, died May 26. Drey, who was 98, had suffered a stroke earlier in the month. He retired a decade ago from a career developing sustainable forestry techniques.
During an online interview with the WirelessWeek.com, former Sprint CEO Dan Hesse emphasized the benefits of simple billing. Hesse mentioned Sprint’s Simply Everything plan, which helped the company save money by spending less on call centers because less complicated plans led to fewer calls from customers .
According to a research conducted by executive pay watch firm Equilar and The Associated Press, six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs work in the media industry. David Zaslav, head of Discovery Communications, topped the list, and Les Moonves of CBS was No. 2.