T-Mobile USA CEO resigns

Philipp Humm, T-Mobile USA CEO

(Credit: T-Mobile USA)

T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm has resigned and will return to Europe where his family lives, according to a press release from the company.

Jim Alling, T-Mobile’s COO, will take over Humm’s duties as the company searches for a new COO.

Deutsche Telekom, the company that owns the U.S. wireless carrier, issued a statement saying Humm is going to pursue a career outside of the company.

“Philipp Humm has given the company some important initiatives over the past years: Under his leadership the cost situation at T-Mobile USA has vastly improved and he led the company during a difficult phase regarding the planned merger with AT&T,” Deutsche Telekom’s René Obermann said in a statement. “Now we need somebody who can convert initiatives into market successes.”

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Humm, who took the job two years ago, will be able to rejoin his family in Europe. The planned merger with AT&T was met with vocal opposition and was ultimately blocked by the government.

Prior to heading T-Mobile USA, Humm was Deutsche Telekom’s European regional chief. He led the company’s five national mobile companies in Austria, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, the U.K., and Poland, and played a key role in a U.K. joint venture between T-Mobile UK and Orange UK of France Telekom.

Update, 10:18 a.m. PT: Updated with link to press release.

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