The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) congratulates
Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar - the world's leading wireless
distributor and services provider, on his appointment as the new
President & CEO of Sprint Corporation, effective August 11,
2014. Brightstar is a longstanding partner of the USHCC and the largest
Hispanic-owned business in the history of the United States.
Claure, a Bolivian immigrant, began 20 years ago renovating and selling
used cell phones. Today, Brightstar is a $10.2 billion company with
operations across the globe, delivering products and services to
customers in more than 125 countries on six continents.
"The USHCC is proud to see its very own Marcelo Claure, an iconic
American business leader who has revolutionized the telecommunications
industry, make history as the new President & CEO of Sprint - the first
Hispanic executive to lead a top-three telecom giant," said USHCC
President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "Marcelo understands the truly global
nature of this industry, and recognizes that 95% of the market exists
outside the United States. We applaud Chairman Msayoshi Son for
strategically choosing Marcelo, whose global perspective is reflective
of this rapidly changing marketplace. We look forward to supporting
Marcelo in his new role."
In 2011, the USHCC honored Claure with the "Hispanic Businessman of the
Year Award," recognizing his visionary leadership as one of the most
admired business executives in the nation. He is also the recipient of
the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a lifetime member
of EY's Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame.
Claure began serving on Sprint's board of directors in January of this
year. Since his appointment to the board, Claure has been actively
involved in the company's leadership team, helping guide its growth
strategy. Today, Sprint is a global telecommunications company that
offers wireless and internet services, including broadband to over 54
million customers worldwide.
"After demonstrating his exceptional business acumen and leadership on
the Sprint board of directors, there is no better choice than Marcelo as
the next CEO of the company," said USHCC Chairman Marc Rodriguez.
"Having led Brightstar through periods of monumental expansion as the
largest Hispanic firm in American history, we are confident Marcelo will
bring the same level of vision, expertise, and innovation to Sprint."
About the USHCC
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and
development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf
of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together
contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year.
As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella
to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the
nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.
For more information, visit www.ushcc.com.Follow
us on Twitter @USHCC
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