Bill Morrow, CEO of embattled US WiMAX player Clearwire, has resigned his position effective immediately, citing personal reasons. Chairman John Stanton will fill in as interim CEO while the firm searches for Morrow’s full-time replacement. Morrow will act as an advisor to the company during the handover.
The CEO at Vodafone Australia will head the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project. Bill Morrow has been appointed CEO at NBN Co, the company responsible for delivering Australia’s nationwide fixed-line broadband upgrade. He will assume his role in the new year, based in Sydney,
VHA, the joint venture which operates the Vodafone and 3 brands in the Australian market, has announced the recruitment of Bill Morrow as CEO, replacing Nigel Dews. Morrow is a Vodafone veteran, having previously led the firm’s operations in the UK, Europe and Japan. Morrow’s most recent telecoms industry post was as CEO of US WiMAX player Clearwire, from which he resigned citing personal reasons in March last year.
“LTE is going to have some disadvantages,” says Bill Morrow, Clearwire CEO. Speaking to telecoms.com about the potential ‘threat’ from LTE in light of Verizon’s plans to roll out the rival ’4G’ technology in 20 to 30 US markets by the end of next year.
US WiMAX operator Clearwire announced Wednesday an improved set of financial results for Q1 2009. Pro forma revenue for the three months ended 31 March 2009 increased by 21 percent to $62.14m compared with Q1 2008. Top line growth was driven by a 13 per cent increase in Clearwire subscribers and a seven percent hike in ARPU to $39.52 over the same period.
Burdens of proof and responsibility lie with the WiMAX ‘mega’ projects, in particular US carrier Clearwire. These players need to deliver soon if the technology is to shed its ‘niche’ image.
Bill Morrow, a former Vodafone executive, has been named as the new CEO of Clearwire. Ben Wolff, the man Morrow replaces, becomes co-chairman of the flagship mobile WiMAX operator, working alongside cellular pioneer Craig McCaw.