There is your new Sprint CEO. No, not Beckham, the guy on the left. That is Marcelo Claure, the man behind Brightstar (a major wireless distributor) and member of Sprint’s board. He will officially take over for departing CEO Dan Hesse on August 11.
Brightstar began as a small distributor, but has since grown to become a global business that raked in $10.5 billion in revenue for 2013. Forbes ranked Brightstar as the 55th largest privately held company in the entire US. If those numbers don’t explain this man’s power, then I don’t know what will.
In case you were wondering why he is hanging out with people like David Beckham, know that Claure also owns a Bolivian football club and launched Brightstar out of Miami. He has partnered with Beckham to launch a new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.
You may also remember him from Verizon’s Viva Movil launch. Yes, that launch. He was the guy on stage that you didn’t know, but felt really bad for as J-Lo tried to steal his thunder.