OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Sept. 14, 2011 – Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S, news, filings) and The CTO Forum today announced that Stephen Bye, chief technology officer and vice president of Technology Development and Strategy for Sprint, has been appointed to the CTO Forum Advisory Board.
“The CTO Forum believes that it is not financial engineering, but rather smart innovation that acts as the wellspring of competitive differentiation, industry leadership and positioning for long-term success in the competitive global marketplace,” said Basheer Janjua, founding chair and president of The CTO Forum. “Our current CTO Forum members include some of the world’s most distinguished and accomplished technology and business leaders, academicians, researchers and scientists. We are delighted that Stephen Bye, representing Sprint, is joining the CTO Forum Advisory Board.”
“Sprint is proud to be a leader in innovation within the telecom industry,” said Bye. “Our leadership as the first national U.S. carrier to offer wireless 4G, our robust Sprint M2M and Sprint Application Developer programs, and our open, collaborative approach in working with other industries to bring mobile commerce and other new capabilities to market are all examples of that leadership. I look forward to working with the CTO Forum to help foster innovation sharing Sprint’s insights and to gain perspective through participation with other members and across industries.”
As chief technology officer, Bye is responsible for driving Sprint’s technology strategy, architecture and global standards; M2M collaboration center and labs; emerging business; and service model development.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 52 million customers at the end of 2Q 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
About the CTO Forum
The CTO Forum provides a thought-provoking platform for senior technology executives to build better relations and advance technology within their organizations. The CTO Forum's mission is to deliver a Global Innovation Platform, where technology leaders collaborate and co-create the set of technologies necessary to meet tomorrow's challenges facing humanity across the globe.