T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm resigns, COO Jim Alling to take over on an interim basis

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: June 27, 2012

T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm

And the big news just doesn't stop coming. T-Mobile has announced that CEO Philipp Humm has resigned, explaining that he plans to pursue a career outside of Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile USA, so that he can reunite with his family in Europe. T-Mobile COO Jim Alling will take over as the company's interim CEO while a search for a permanent replacement is conducted.

Philipp Humm has served as T-Mobile USA's CEO for nearly two years, having transitioned to the position in late 2010. It's not yet clear who might succeed him as CEO of T-Mobile USA, but a memo from Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann leaked to TmoNews says that the search for a new chief executive is already underway and is "progressing well," with Obermann already having spoken to several "promising candidates." The memo also claims that Humm will be joining a competitor of Deutsche Telekom's, so it'll be interesting to see where he ends up and who Obermann selects as T-Mobile USA's new CEO. Stay tuned!

Jim Alling Appointed as Interim CEO at T-Mobile USA

BELLEVUE, Wash. and BONN — Jun. 27, 2012

2012-06-27 12:30:16

Philipp Humm, resigned as CEO of T-Mobile USA, Deutsche Telekom’s mobile business in the USA. Jim Alling, Chief Operating Officer of T-Mobile USA, will take over the duties of CEO on an interim basis while a search is underway.

Humm is going to pursue a career outside of Deutsche Telekom so as to reunite with his family, which stayed back in Europe.  Humm joined Deutsche Telekom in 2005, and was initially responsible for the company’s mobile business in Germany. In 2008 he took on the responsibility of managing the sales and service activities of the European mobile companies within Deutsche Telekom Group. In May 2010 he moved to T-Mobile USA., taking over as CEO in November of that year.

René Obermann thanked Humm for his contribution over the past seven years saying: “Philipp Humm has given the company some important initiatives over the past years: Under his leadership the cost situation at T-Mobile USA has vastly improved and he led the company during a difficult phase regarding the planned merger with AT&T.” In terms of a potential successor Obermann said: “Now we need somebody who can convert initiatives into market-successes.”