Here's a name that Sprint Corp. employees and members of the Kansas City community need to know: Sunit Patel.
Patel will join T-Mobile US Inc. (Nasdaq: TMUS) on Oct. 1 as an executive vice president and the leader of its merger and integration strategy.
That's a key role that will help determine the post-merger fate of Sprint's employees as well as the buildings and infrastructure used by the Overland Park-based wireless carrier (NYSE: S).
"We are increasingly optimistic about the path we're on to create the New T-Mobile and are now looking forward to bringing someone with Sunit's experience to our team to lead us through the strategic planning for integration of our businesses — one of the most exciting and integral aspects of this merger," T-Mobile President and COO Mike Sievert said in a Monday release. Sunit will report to Sievert in his new role.
"Sunit has the depth of knowledge needed to create and drive forward a highly complex, strategic initiative of this magnitude," Sievert continued. "He will have a tremendous impact on shaping the New T-Mobile, and will add even more value to the company for many years to come."
Patel most recently was CFO and executive vice president for Louisiana-based CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL), which just went through its own big merger with Colorado-based Level 3 Communications Inc.
He held the same role at the acquisitive Level 3 for more than 14 years before the two companies merged in 2017.