John Legere has officially cut ties with T-Mobile US, the company he has led as CEO for over seven years. After Legere led T-Mobile through a dramatic turn that culminated in a successful merger with former rival Sprint, he resigned and Mike Sievert was appointed T-Mobile's new managing director earlier this month. At that time, Legere had announced that he would remain on T-Mobile's board of directors until June 4.
But that is no longer the case. In an 8K filing with the SEC, T-Mobile announced today that Legere "is leaving the board with immediate effect to pursue other options."
"Mr. Legere noted that he did not resign because he disagreed with the management or board of directors on any matter," said T-Mobile in his note, which also included a quote from Legere that addressed the company and its employees was directed:
In his message to the company, Legere said: “It has been a privilege and honor to have been T-Mobile's CEO and board member for the past seven and a half years. And although I will leave the board just a few weeks earlier than planned, you can be sure that I will continue to be the biggest fan of T-Mobile! "
Whatever Legere planned next, apparently it couldn't wait another month and change. During his time as CEO of T-Mobile, Legere stood out from other executives for his pronounced personality and his brazen, often vulgar trash talk, which was aimed at competitors such as Verizon and AT&T. He referred to T-Mobile as an "Uncarrier" and led the company through a transformation that included moving away from two-year contracts, subsidized phone prices and other business practices that had become the status quo for the wireless industry. Many of these changes were later adopted by T-Mobile's competitors.
Legere has given little indication of where he is going, despite denying reports in November that he participated in discussions to join WeWork. Since stepping down as CEO of T-Mobile, Legere has continued to engage with his major social media through Periscope and other platforms – he has over 6.5 million Twitter followers.
Legere had expressed kind feelings towards outgoing AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on Friday, after the company announced that he would be replaced by John Stankey in July. It is definitely a new era for leadership among the major mobile operators.
Let the speculation about Casual's next goal begin.