At Sprint, one of our core corporate values is to demonstrate integrity in all that we do — not only
through our words, but also by our actions. Our Board and senior management devote significant
time and attention to corporate governance matters. Sprint's commitment to being a recognized
leader in corporate governance and ethics is the natural outgrowth of actions taken in recent years
to enhance our corporate governance effectiveness. Some examples of these actions include:
seating a declassified Board of experienced and diverse directors;
separating our CEO and Chairman roles;
requiring that our outside directors hold executive sessions without management present no less than two times a year; and
permitting our stockholders to act by written consent.
At Sprint, we believe there are no shortcuts when it comes to corporate responsibility. Through our
organizational structure, philosophy, and culture, we are committed to creating an environment that
enforces the highest standard of corporate governance and ethics. We encourage you to visit the
Corporate Governance site often to read about what Sprint is doing to deliver upon our commitment.
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Nikesh Arora. Mr. Arora has been Chief Executive Officer of SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. and Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. since October 2014. Prior to joining SoftBank, Mr. Arora served in various positions at Google from 2004 until August 2014, the most recent being Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President of Google Inc. until August 2014. He has served as Senior Advisor of Value Creation at Silver Lake Partners since 2007 and previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer and a Member of the Management Board of T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG (a/k/a T-Mobile Europe). [In addition to being Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp., Mr. Arora currently serves on the board of directors of [to be completed pending response to Question 3.] He has served on the Adjunct Faculty at both Boston College and Northeastern University, developing and teaching courses in business turnarounds, corporate workouts and financial management.
Robert R. Bennett
Robert R. Bennett. Managing Director of Hilltop Investments, LLC, a private investment company. Mr. Bennett served as President of Discovery Holding Company from March 2005 until September 2008, when the company merged with Discovery Communications, Inc., creating a new public company. Mr. Bennett also served as President and CEO of Liberty Media Corporation (now Liberty Interactive Corporation) from April 1997 until August 2005 and continued as President until February 2006. He was with Liberty Media from its inception, serving as its principal financial officer and in various other capacities. Prior to his tenure at Liberty Media, Mr. Bennett worked with Tele-Communications, Inc. and the Bank of New York. Mr. Bennett currently serves as a director of Hewlett-Packard Company, Discovery Communications, Inc., Demand Media, Inc., and Liberty Media Corporation. Mr. Bennett previously served on the board of directors of Liberty Interactive Corporation, and Discovery Holding Company.
Gordon M. Bethune
Gordon M. Bethune. Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Airlines, Inc., an international commercial airline company. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Continental Airlines from 1994 and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 until December 30, 2004. He is currently a director of Honeywell International Inc. and Prudential Financial, Inc. He previously served on the board of directors of Willis Group Holdings, Ltd.
Raul Marcelo Claure
Marcelo Claure Mr. Claure was named Sprint President and CEO, effective August 11, 2014, and has served on the Sprint board of directors since January 2014. Prior to this, he was CEO of Brightstar, a company he founded in 1997 and grew from a small Miami-based distributor into a global business with more than $10 billion in gross revenue for the year ended 2013. Under his leadership, Brightstar became the largest global wireless distribution and one of the leading services company in the telecommunications industry. As of August 2014, it had a local presence in more than 50 countries on six continents and delivered its products and services to more than 90,000 customers in over 125 countries. In 2013, Forbes Magazine listed Brightstar as the 55th largest privately held company in the U.S. Brightstar was also recognized as the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States from 2007 through 2009 and again from 2011 through 2013. Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Claure is recognized as a “bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial individual committing both time and talent to make the world a better place.” He is a member of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame and in 2010 was included in the Global Telecoms Business 40 under 40. Marcelo is a member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council and serves on Florida International University’s board of trustees. Marcelo is the Vice Chairman of Barcelona's Mobile World Capital Advisory and is a past member of the CTIA board of directors. Marcelo is the owner of the Bolivian soccer team, Bolivar, the country’s most popular team. In February of 2014, together with David Beckham and Simon Fuller, Marcelo became a principal partner in Miami Beckham United, a venture to establish a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in Miami. Marcelo also serves on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility. Marcelo holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance and an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University in Massachusetts.
Ronald D. Fisher
Ronald D. Fisher. Mr. Fisher joined SoftBank in 1995, overseeing its U.S. operations and its other activities outside of Asia, and was the founder of SoftBank Capital. He is currently Director and President of SoftBank Holdings, Inc. and also serves as a member of the board of directors of SoftBank Corporation. Mr. Fisher has over 30 years of experience of working with high growth and turnaround technology companies. Prior to joining SoftBank, Mr. Fisher was the CEO of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., the leading developer and marketer of system software products for personal computers, from 1990 to 1995. Mr. Fisher joined Phoenix from Interactive Systems Corporation, a UNIX software company that was purchased by the Eastman Kodak Company in 1988. At Interactive Systems he served for five years as President, initially as COO and then CEO. Mr. Fisher’s experience prior to Interactive Systems includes senior executive positions at Visicorp, TRW, and ICL (USA). Mr. Fisher earned an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Frank Ianna. Mr. Ianna retired from AT&T in 2003 after a 31-year career serving in various executive positions, most recently as President of Network Services. Following his retirement, Mr. Ianna served as a business consultant, executive and board member for several private and nonprofit enterprises, and has experience in telecom company operational as well as wireless technology. Mr. Ianna is a director of Harbinger Group, Inc. Mr. Ianna formerly served on the board of Tellabs, Inc.
Admiral Michael G. Mullen
Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN (ret). Admiral Mullen serves on the board of directors as the "Security Director" under the NSA. Admiral Mullen served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 2007 until his retirement in September 2011. Previously, Admiral Mullen served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations (“CNO”) from July 2005 to 2007. CNO was one of four different four-star assignments Admiral Mullen held, which also included Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, Allied Joint Force Command, and the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Admiral Mullen serves on the board of directors of General Motors, and since 2012, he has served as President of MGM Consulting LLC and is the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Masayoshi Son. SoftBank’s founder, Masayoshi Son, was born in Saga Prefecture, Japan. In 1974, he ventured to the U.S. and entered Serramonte
High School, and in 1980 graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with
an economics major. Shortly after returning to Japan, in 1981 he established the
current SoftBank Corp., first launching a PC software distribution business as the
company’s Chairman & CEO. Following an initial public offering in 1994, in 1996
SoftBank established Yahoo Japan Corporation as a joint venture with U.S.-based
Yahoo! Inc. With Mr. Son first acting as Yahoo Japan’s President & CEO and later
Chairman of the Board (to present), Yahoo Japan launched the leading portal site
Yahoo! JAPAN, the first commercial search site in Japan. Together with Yahoo Japan,
in 2001 SoftBank rolled out Yahoo! BB, an ADSL service that contributed greatly
to the development of the Internet in Japan by making it both fast and affordable,
which was revolutionary for the time. Following its full-fledged entry into the
communications business with Yahoo BB, SoftBank acquired JAPAN TELECOM CO., LTD.
(now SoftBank Telecom Corp.) in July 2004 and Vodafone K.K. (now SoftBank Mobile
Corp.) in April 2006. In July 2013, Sprint Corporation joined the SoftBank Group,
and Mr. Son became Chairman. He currently serves as Chairman & CEO of SoftBank,
SoftBank Mobile, SoftBank BB, SoftBank Telecom and owner of the Fukuoka SoftBank
HAWKS professional baseball team, among other postings. Since its foundation, Mr.
Son has operated SoftBank under the corporate philosophy of “Information Revolution
– Happiness for Everyone.” With the aim of making SoftBank a thriving entity for
the next 300 years and beyond, he launched SoftBank Academia in 2010 to nurture
future successors. Greatly shocked and saddened by the impact of the Great East
Japan Earthquake, Mr. Son is also active in recovery efforts and renewable energy
initiatives. He set up the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Initiatives Foundation
and made a personal donation of 10 billion yen to assist relief efforts 2011. Mr.
Son further pledged to donate all of his remuneration as SoftBank Group Representative
until retirement to support children affected by the disaster. To address the energy
crisis triggered by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant incident, he established
the Renewable Energy Council and Japan Renewable Energy Foundation. With the establishment
of SB Energy Corp. in 2011, Mr. Son is also working to create sustainable and environmentally-conscious
business models in the renewable energy power generation sector.
Sara Martinez Tucker
Sara Martinez Tucker. Ms. Tucker has been Chief Executive Officer and President at National Math and Science Initiative, Inc., since March, 2013. Ms. Tucker served as the Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education from 2006 to December 2008. Her responsibilities included overseeing policies, programs and activities related to postsecondary education, vocational and adult education, and federal student aid. Ms. Tucker served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund from 1997 to October 1, 2006. Previously, she worked for 16 years at AT&T and served as Regional Vice President of its Global Business Communications Systems. She has been a Director of American Electric Power Co., Inc. since January 27, 2009. She has been a Director of Xerox Corp. since September 1, 2011. She serves as a Director of Teach For America, Inc. She has been a Trustee of University of Notre Dame since June 2009.
Contacting the Board
Sprint values the views of its stakeholders (current and future shareholders, employees, and others). Accordingly, Sprint's Board has established a system to receive, track and respond to communications from stakeholders addressed to Sprint's Board of Directors or to its outside directors.
Any stakeholder who wishes to communicate with the Board, our Chairman, the committee chairs, or the outside directors may write to: Board Communications Designee, 6200 Sprint Parkway, Mailstop: KSOPHF0302-3B424, Overland Park, KS 66251, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board has instructed the Board Communications Designee to examine incoming communications to determine whether the communications are relevant to the Board's roles and responsibilities. The Board has requested the Board Communications Designee to discard the following types of communications: spam, business solicitations or advertisements, resumes, or any threatening or hostile materials. The Board has requested the Board Communications Designee to forward any service inquiries or complaints to the appropriate groups within Sprint for processing and response.
The Board Communications Designee will forward all appropriate communications and report on the communications to the full Board, our Chairman, the committee chairs, or the outside directors as appropriate. The Board Communications Designee will take additional action or respond to letters in accordance with instructions from the relevant Board source.
Our Board believes it is important to meet in regularly scheduled meetings of our non-management and independent directors. Mr. Son presides over our non-management executive sessions. Our Board selects a presiding director for any independent director executive sessions.