T-Mobile’s technology leadership transition comes as Ray, Ewaldsson and the teams complete a historic network integration following the T-Mobile/Sprint merger and secure Un-carrier’s position as the overall network leader in the country.
Bellevue, Washington, February 13, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)– T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) announced today that Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray plans to retire from the company by fall 2023 and current Executive Vice President and Networking Director Ulf Ewaldsson will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer following Ray’s departure.
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T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray is retiring this fall (Photo: Business Wire)
In his 23 years at T-Mobile, Ray has played a significant role in designing the Un-carrier network strategy – from 2G to 5G – and building and leading the best-in-class team that brought it to life. Today, leadership of T-Mobile’s largest, fastest, most reliable, and best harvested 5G network has translated into a leadership position for the network overall that has been recognized by independent third parties and only will continue to differentiate Un-carrier.
“Under Neville Network’s leadership, we’ve achieved so much together, and it’s amazing to think that the accomplishments that T-Mobile helped achieve — the network’s many accomplishments, inventions, and innovations — have gotten us to where we are today, taking the crown as a T-Mobile CEO,” said T-Mobile’s CEO. Mike Seifert “Overall Network Leader.” “There are a lot of things Neville has contributed to this company, but one of the most important is his commitment to building the best, most effective technology team in the industry that will continue to deliver for our future. Neville and his team have worked tirelessly to bring Un-carrier from last to best in network performance and make T-Mobile’s network a true competitive weapon. Even more exciting is that we are just getting started! As the next chapter of the Un-carrier story begins to unfold, we owe a lot of gratitude to Neville for all he has done to pave this path that will continue to lead us into the future! “
Seifert continued, “This has been a carefully planned succession and I’m glad we have an excellent leader in Ulf Ewaldsson to lead our technology teams. When Ulf joined T-Mobile four years ago, he brought years of experience and strategic leadership capabilities to the deep network that allowed him to hit the ground running. and reviving our groundbreaking 5G network. That’s exactly what he did – and what he will continue to do as CTO, leading the best team in our industry! Our goal has always been to build a strong seat of leaders who are ready to fill key positions when needed, and this is a perfect example of that approach.”
As CTO, Ray was responsible for managing and developing T-Mobile’s wireless network, technology services, and technology operations. Ray joined T-Mobile in April 2000. During his tenure, he has been at the forefront of many T-Mobile milestones and dozens of industry firsts, including the launch of 3G, the launch of the first Android smartphone using UMTS, the launch of HSPA+ 4G, the launch of LTE and then nationwide LTE coverage, merging with Metro PCS, and gaining 600MHz spectrum. T-Mobile was the first provider in the world to flash both LTE and 5G in the 600MHz spectrum. Ray led what would become the company’s 5G approach, including a recent Sprint integration, which provided network assets to launch the world’s first standalone architecture (SA) 5G network, while generating billions of dollars in network synergies. In June 2020, T-Mobile’s 5G network was the first to offer coverage in all 50 states. “Neville and his team saw the 5G era as being win-or-lose in the mid-range, and that shared insight was critical to the massive success that T-Mobile is now enjoying. It can’t be overstated,” Seifert continued.
Ewaldsson joined T-Mobile in January 2019 as Senior Vice President, Technology Transformation, and was promoted to Executive Vice President and President of Network in 2021. Ewaldsson currently leads a nationwide field team responsible for building, operating, and maintaining T-Mobile’s network. In just four years since joining Ericsson’s Un-carrier, Ulf has led a team that has played an important role in achieving key milestones for T-Mobile as it pioneered 5G and is now emerging as the overall network leader in the US He has established and led the record pace of building its own 5G network Un-carrier nationwide and rapidly expanding T-Mobile’s coverage. “Ulf and his team have spearheaded the historic merger, unlocking billions of dollars in synergies ahead of schedule, while simultaneously improving customer satisfaction, and reducing disruptions to record levels—an amazing set of accomplishments,” Sievert continued. “Ulf brings the right blend of customer focus, leadership and deep technical expertise to write T-Mobile’s next technology chapter.”
Prior to joining T-Mobile, Ewaldsson previously held multiple group executive roles during his 27-year career at Ericsson, including Group Chief Technology Officer, and was widely recognized for his passion and track record in driving industry-first developments. He has been deeply involved in the development and globalization of well-known industry standards such as 3G, 4G, and 5G. He has been instrumental in helping to create some of mobile’s most innovative products, such as multi-standard RBS, integrated antenna and femto base stations, narrowband Internet of Things, and network virtualization core products. He holds a Master of Science and an MBA from Linköping Technical University. He has also served on several boards of directors as a member and chairman of the board, including the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, ASSA-ABLOY AB, Communication Management Forum and others.
Existing senior leadership team members Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Brian King, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Abdel Saad, and Executive Vice President Advanced and Emerging Technologies John Sao will remain in their positions, reporting to Ewaldsson after the transition.
T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering the cutting-edge 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will provide reliable connectivity for everyone. T-Mobile customers benefit from its unparalleled combination of value and quality, its steadfast obsession with providing them with the best service experience possible and its unquestioned drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint. For more information, please visit: https://www.t-mobile.com.
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