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Executive Chairman of the Board, Sprint Corporation Chief Operating Officer, SoftBank Group Corp.
Chief Executive Officer, SoftBank International Marcelo Claure is executive chairman of the board of Sprint Corporation. He also serves as chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. and chief executive officer of SoftBank International, a Japanese multinational conglomerate, and is a member of the SoftBank board of directors. He also serves on the board of Arm, a leading chip technology developer. Marcelo most recently was Sprint CEO. Sprint provides service to 54.6 million customers in nearly 200 countries around the world. After Marcelo joined the company in August 2014, Sprint improved its network, invigorated its brand and returned to revenue growth and profitability – while adding millions of new customers. In an effort to help high school students across the U.S. reach their full potential, Marcelo created the 1Million Project. The 1Million Project is one of the largest U.S. corporate initiatives to help bridge the digital divide. Each participating student receives a device and free high-speed internet access to ensure they have the connectivity necessary to succeed in school and accomplish their goals. In 1997, Marcelo founded Brightstar as a small, Miami-based wireless distributor and transformed it into the world’s largest global wireless distribution and services company, with revenues exceeding $10 billion and a presence in more than 50 countries. Brightstar was recognized as the largest Hispanic-owned business in U.S. history. In 2014, Marcelo’s passion for soccer led him to pursue a Major League Soccer team in Miami. Four years later, MLS announced it was awarding that franchise to his ownership group (including partners David Beckham, Jorge Mas and Masayoshi Son). The team is expected to play in 2020. Marcelo also owns Club Bolivar, Bolivia’s most popular soccer club. Marcelo is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of the “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” initiative. He is co-founder of One Laptop Per Child, an organization dedicated to providing low-cost laptops to children in impoverished communities. He is also chairman of CTIA – The Wireless Association. Marcelo earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance in 1993 and an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University in Massachusetts. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.