T-Mobile US announced that Sunit Patel has joined the company as its new Executive Vice President, Merger and Integration Lead, effective October 1. Patel will head T-Mobile’s strategic planning efforts “to integrate its business with Sprint as the two companies work through the necessary regulatory reviews and other closing conditions to combine and become the New T-Mobile.” On April 29, of this year, T-Mobile and Sprint entered into an agreement to merge in an all-stock transaction. The parties expect the transaction to close in the first half of 2019. Patel will report to T-Mobile President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Sievert and will be a member of the company’s senior leadership team.
Patel joins the Un-carrier from CenturyLink where he was the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He previously held the same role at Level 3 Communications for more than 14 years before the two companies merged in 2017. Over that time, Patel played a key role in numerous successful large-scale strategic transactions, including Level 3’s purchases of network operator Global Crossing and business internet provider TW Telecom.
“I’ve known Sunit for many years and he’s going to be a fantastic addition to this talented management team,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. “He is smart, savvy, full of big ideas and ready to hit the ground running. I am confident he’ll fit right in here at the Un-carrier. I look forward to seeing you in magenta, Sunit!”