Changes at the top as Brauer quits Sprint

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Kevin Brauer, president of National Integrated Services (NIS) and Sprint Business, has left Sprint for personal reasons after 17 years. 

In addition, in a move to better align the development and marketing of the company's broadband services and products to consumers, the company announced a series of key executive and organizational changes. All the appointments are effective immediately. 

Brauer, 49, was an important factor in the development and implementation of Sprint IONsm (Integrated On-Demand Network), the integrated voice and data offering. 

Sprint has enjoyed remarkable success under Brauer, who led the development of business-to-business data services. Ron LeMay, Sprint president said, “Kevin has been both a friend and an outstanding leader. He will be missed. He has been an invaluable resource during his time here – from the days of building the fiber optic network”

Added Brauer, “My decision to leave is purely personal in nature. I believe today what I have believed for the last 17 years: that the people of Sprint have skills on a level unlike those evident at any other communications company.”

Three new men will take over Brauer’s responsibilities: 
Len Lauer, 42, currently president of the Consumer Services Group, will replace Brauer as president. Lauer joined Sprint in April 1998 before which he spent five years with Bell Atlantic Corporation, latterly as chief executive officer in New Jersey. Prior to that, Lauer spent 13 years in direct sales and marketing with IBM. 
Robert E. Thompson III, 44, currently president of the Consumer Markets Group, will become president, National Consumer Organization. This new wireline organization will take responsibility for high-speed data products, including DSL, MMDS and Sprint ION. 

Thompson, who has spent 15 years with Sprint in a variety of positions, has broad-based experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Bell Atlantic and AT&T in staff management. 
Al Kurtze, 55, currently senior vice president, One Sprint Strategic Development, will assume Brauer’s NIS responsibilities. Kurtze, who has 30 years experience in the communications industry, will also head up a new Enterprise Center for Innovation. 

Kurtze is responsible for integrated billing and customer service. Prior to this position, he was COO of Sprint PCS, responsible for wireless telephony. He also held executive positions in local telephone and cable television operations, including Centel. 

Said LeMay. “The market is evolving too quickly, and the stakes are too high for us to attack it in a piecemeal manner. We believe that under this structure, we will be able to focus our resources.”
Sprint is a global communications company and a carrier of Internet traffic. The company operates the United States’ first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Sprint has $20 billion in annual revenues and serves more than 20 million customers.

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