Voda vet Morrow joins Clearwire


US mobile broadband operator Clearwire has appointed Vodafone veteran Bill Morrow as chief executive.

Morrow was Vodafone UK chief executive, Vodafone Europe chief executive and Vodafone Japan president. He quit Vodafone in 2006, after more than a decade with the network.

Clearwire will lead Clearwire plans to build a WiMAX network covering up to 120 million people in more than 80 markets by 2010.

Morrow said: “The chance to lead Clearwire when it sits on the cusp of doing something truly remarkable – to change the way people connect to and use the internet – was not one to be missed.

“Clearwire’s business model and unique assets have us well positioned to meet the rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband services.”

Most recently, Morrow was president and chief of Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco. He has also served as president of Japan Telecom and held senior executive positions with wireless telecommunications carrier AirTouch International.

Clearwire chariman Craig McCaw said: “Bill Morrow has a global reputation in the telecommunications industry as a highly regarded executive with an extraordinary track record of success in US, Europe and Japan.

“Years of experience in key positions with great companies such as AirTouch and Vodafone have given Bill a great perspective on achieving operating efficiencies and enhancing value creation to profitably build and scale businesses.

“He has the capability, intelligence and dedication to inspire the exemplary team at Clearwire to fulfill the dream of making the power of the internet truly mobile.”

Morrow’s appointment comes as Clearwire shakes up its board, with co-founder and current chief Benjamin Wolff continuing as co-chairman alongside McCaw.

Clearwire runs mobile boradband services in the US, Mexico Ireland, Belgium, Spain and Denmark.