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Sprint Hires New CFO, Operating Chief Ahead of Earnings Report on Tuesday

The carrier, in danger of losing its No. 3 spot to T-Mobile, continues to shuffle its executive ranks under CEO Marcelo Claure.

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Sprint, continuing to shuffle its executive ranks under CEO Marcelo Claure, announced Monday that it has hired both a new chief financial officer and a new chief operating officer.

The carrier said it has hired Tarek Robbiati, the former head of Australian consumer finance company FlexiGroup, as CFO, while Günther Ottendorfer will serve as chief operating officer for technology. Ottendorfer was previously chief technology officer for Telekom Austria Group and managing director of Australia’s Optus Singtel.

The announcements come just a day before the company is expected to report earnings and, in all likelihood, lose the title of No. 3 carrier to rival T-Mobile.

Current CFO Joe Euteneuer will “leave the company following an orderly transition of responsibilities.”

Ottendorfer replaces former SoftBank executive Junichi Miyakawa who helped develop the company’s current network upgrade plan. Miyakawa will become a senior technical adviser in the Office of the CEO and a liaison between Softbank and Sprint for network strategy, Sprint said.

Meanwhile, current network chief John Saw is getting the title of chief technology officer, reporting to Ottendorfer.

Several top Sprint executives left last year, shortly after Claure took charge.

As for the company’s earnings report Tuesday, Sprint is expected to report a loss of eight cents per share, according to Zacks. However, much of the attention will be on how many subscribers the company managed to grab and, in particular, how it did in terms of core postpaid smartphone subscribers, a key metric and one where the company has continued to lose ground.

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