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Sprint Nextel's Chairman Donahue Is Stepping Down

Chairman Tim Donahue will retire at the end of the year, two years after Sprint and Nextel agreed to merge.

W. David Gardner

October 10, 2006

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Sprint Nextel Corp. said Tuesday that Chairman Tim Donahue will retire at the end of the year. The announcement comes two years after Sprint and Nextel agreed to merge.

Donahue, 57, had worked at Nextel before the acquisition in which Sprint became the dominant player. Donahue, who noted he has worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 20 years, said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family

"I have poured my heart and soul into Sprint Nextel and I am confident that the promise of the merger will be realized," said Donahue in a statement. In recent months, Sprint Nextel stock has dropped more than 25 percent.

No replacement for the chairman's post has been named. However, Donahue's spot on the Sprint board will be filled by Robert Bennett. Bennet formerly was president and chief executive officer of Liberty Media Corp., Sprint Nextel said.

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