Robert Dotson, the CEO of T-Mobile USA, is stepping down a year from now after serving with the company for 15 years, the company announced today.
His resignation will not come as a surprise to some, as the fourth largest carrier has struggled to add subscribers in recent quarters and has failed to come up with a strong identity in the competitive wireless space. T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom (NYSE: DT) has also had its own financial problems recently, making the U.S. unit’s results even more disappointing since it used to be the crown jewel of the German telecom giant.
While Dotson expects to stay on board until May 2010, Deutsche Telekom has already named his replacement. Philipp Humm, who is currently responsible for sales and service in Europe as chief regional officer, will become CEO in February.
Dotson joined what was then called Western Wireless in 1996 before it went public and became VoiceStream. Deutsche Telekom bought the company and renamed it T-Mobile USA. In the early days, it was a fast-paced start-up, and as VP of marketing, Dotson relied on his consumer marketing experience from companies like Pepsi to come up with popular ad campaigns focused around actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. Dotson was appointed CEO in March 2003.
Dotson said in a release: