After nearly six years as President of Emerging Devices for AT&T Mobility, Glenn Lurie has been promoted to CEO of the division. The move is part of a major reorganization effort by AT&T to merge Mobility and Business Solutions (Enterprise) into one group. Lurie will continue to report to Ralph de la Vega, who has been tasked with overseeing the new division; de la Vega will in turn report to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. The news was first reported by Fierce Wireless, and Engadget has confirmed the report with official spokespeople. AT&T says that the new group will essentially fold the marketing and distribution arm of AT&T's Business Solutions department into Mobility, which it believes is the next "natural step" toward integrating the company's wireline and wireless operations.
Here's the official statement from an AT&T spokesperson:
We've been integrating various functions of our wireline and wireless operations for several years now, including our network, technology and customer care operations. Now, we're taking the next natural step by integrating our marketing and distribution for Business Solutions into our Mobility group. Ralph de la Vega's responsibilities have been expanded and now he is CEO of our new Mobile & Business Solutions organization.
Integrating Business Solutions into Mobility is a great fit, because mobility is how businesses do business. In fact, business-related customers represent more than 50% of our mobile revenues and it's growing. This new group will focus on delivering integrated solutions for business customers that are first and foremost mobile, and also secure, reliable, ultra-fast and effortless.
With Ralph's role expanding, Glenn Lurie has been named president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, and continues to report into Ralph. Previously, Glenn was president of Mobility's Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships group.
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