AT&T shuffles key excutives; Glenn Lurie now leads Mobility business

AT&T shuffles its excutives; Glenn Lurie now leads Mobility business
By Chuong H Nguyen on 26 Aug 2014 05:16 pm EDT
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AT&T has just shuffled its leadership giving former AT&T Mobility head Ralph de la Vega a promotion and letting Glenn Lurie fill his old role. Under the reorganization, Ralph de la Vega will now lead the new Mobility and Business Solutions group.

The news comes just after AT&T rival Sprint had announced that it replaced former CEO Dan Hesse with Brightstar founder Mercelo Claure with the latter focusing on price cuts and network improvements as strategic areas for Sprint's growth.

AT&T cited that since it receives more than fifty percent of revenues from business-related customers, the shuffle made sense.

Lurie, an internal candidate for the AT&T Mobility CEO position, was seen as instrumental in forming key relationships with Apple, Amazon, and other key partners. Lurie was also in charge of AT&T's emerging products, overseeing AT&T's Digital Life smart home, AT&T Drive's smart car initiatives, and other products.

What do you think of the recent shuffling of execs at AT&T and Sprint?

Source: Fierce Wireless

Topics: Att News & Rumors

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AT&T shuffles key excutives; Glenn Lurie now leads Mobility business

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Sniff Sniff....I smell a Passport in the wind. Ya Think!!??

Posted by my FABULOUS z10..THANK YOU 

Pretty sure Ralph de LA Vega swore his allegiances to us and BlackBerry then proceeded to not have so much as a BB10 sign in an ATT store, much less, a Z30 to offer us at ATT.

He can go scratch his a$s, as far as, I am concerned.....

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile

If anything, this means Apple has yet another "in" for their expansion into the Enterprise space.

AT&T is yet another important big player jostling to shove BlackBerry out of the US mobile market. I would not say that it is some kind of conspiracy against BlackBerry. But, it is clearly in the best interest of all incumbents to support proven market winners.

I am packing ZeeTen goodness...

"... forming key relationships with Apple, Amazon, and other key partners."
regret, unless he had a relationship with BB, then things do not look good for BB smartphones.

It is essential for BB to have positive retail partners for any of their smart phones to succeed.

Look at the negative relationship that BB has with TMobile. That lack of support reduces BB's exposure in the US market.

I don't, i really think any type of blackberry support will depend on how much promotion blackberry gives it... from an executive stand point no demand, no point.

Posted via CB10

I am always amazed by the amount of little news about American carriers that are barely supporting BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10 on my Q5SQR100-1/10.2.1.3247

Yeah. Could care less who's makin more money without any benefit to us. The user. Would jump through hoops if they said. And each new ceo has brought on board. The BlackBerry line. Otherwise. This is not news for me to find here. Imo.

 Swiped off my Z10 

Now I'd like to see t&at move out in front with more BlackBerry support. More frequent updates would be nice.
Is that too much to ask?

‎ Q10 by way of t&at ‎

CB.....apparently, you have to live in Indonesia to get any attention from BlackBerry.....

Hopefully Chen change that....

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile

BlackBerry should do their campaign or marketing or passport will be DOA. Doesn't matter how many people here on CB wanting and dreaming it as the majority of the people out there are clueless. BlackBerry got a fat budget to hire million dollars people but nothing for marketing. They will see and learn. However bitter the experience

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I for one also could care less, I highly doubt that att will carry any BlackBerry phones. Just go ask any att store, or corporate store, or call customer service. They all say no they will not be carrying any blackberry phones. Get ready to pay full price for passport!

Posted via CB10

Those aren't the people making the decision to carry phones or not. Those are the ones interested in keeping you as a customer, or make you one with whatever they CAN sell you at that moment.

You are correct.
With BB holding only a single percent of the US smartphone market, why should a retail sales clerk (perhaps on commission) pay any attention to BB's?
They have an easy sale for Apple and Samsung products which essentially are pre-sold by extensive retail advertising.

Just emailed this to him: Ralph.delaVega@att.com

We hope that AT&T acknowledges the loyalty of its BlackBerry customers and offers the upcoming BlackBerry Passport for online pre-order similar to the offering of the Q10 in 2013. 
Thank you for your attention, and congratulations on the promotion. 
Sincerely, 
Tommy J Ross 
Fresno, Ca

Posted By Secure BB10.3

I could give a rat's ass. This is my soon-to-be ex-carrier because of the simple fact that they have zero interest in BlackBerry phones. Done with them as soon as my contract expires.

Posted via CB10

So you switching to which one?
T-Mobile or Sprint? LOL

Ohhhh right, Verizon? Just because they are the only ones who carrier the Z30 that don't mean they better than the other ones,

Let's see what happens...I am on T-Mobile and my wife AT&T. Once the new Blackberry Passport comes out I will go with whatever service will support the device. I will not run our and buy till I see the product and read about it.

Posted via CB10

What type of support are you expecting? If the answer is "just the phone to work on all networks from 2G to LTE," then it will be on either carrier.

AT&T is horrible. Hope this shakes things up. I would switch to VZW but they are worse with their proprietary bs.

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I don't see how the change could be any worse. They have always been slow at releasing updates, and did not carry the Z30. So I am hoping that the change will be a positive one. AT&T is all all about the $$ and customer care and service is an afterthought. I am hoping that BlackBerry will go direct with american consumers and not be held hostage by the carriers

I work for AT&T as customer service and I'm the only one in my floor rooting for BlackBerry. Seriously I have heard no news on anything as of yet. Not even remotely. Sad to say. AT&T is all about apple unfortunately. Hopefully I'm wrong but doubt it. I myself have a Q10 and would buy direct from BlackBerry. US carriers only care about $$$. It's business I suppose. Most folks don't even know what the Passport is (customers) or that BlackBerry is even around. It's sad. Wish I could change it but I try to give the brand as much exposure as I can. BlackBerry needs to market outside carriers. Create demand and then they'll join. Ralph is all about $$$. He's got an isheep phone don't expect much from him.

Posted via CB10

Good for you. Business is business and about $, but they may be losing this corporate customer. iPhone is not an option we even consider, for many reasons.

Posted via CrackBerry App

Agreed. iPhone is not an option for corporate customers. It's a spying toy for the government. Nice consumer phone but bad productive tool, too restricted.

Posted via TheBATBerryQ10

He's got his promotion due to forming new relations with the Apple iPhone and it's business solutions that its looking to go down.

Posted via CB10

Honestly, BlackBerry also lost substantial BBM traffic during the Muslim holidays mid of August. The three major carriers reported lost of about 15% traffic compare to other messaging such as LINE and WhatsApp.
Is this a bad sign for BlackBerry in this region?

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