John Stanton, a wireless industry pioneer and former top executive at companies including McCaw Cellular and Clearwire, has been appointed to Microsoft’s board of directors.
Stanton, who founded the company that eventually led to T-Mobile USA, is currently chairman of private equity fund Trilogy Equity Partners, and Trilogy International Partners, a wireless operator in Central and South America and New Zealand.
“John’s insights into mobility around the globe and his expertise in working with organizations as CEO and as a board member will be invaluable as we transform Microsoft for growth and leadership in the mobile-first, cloud-first world,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a news release.
Stanton, who resides in the Bellevue area, said in the release that he was “happy to be joining Microsoft at such a pivotal moment in the company’s history.”
Stanton served as chief operating officer and vice chairman of McCaw Cellular in the 1980s; as chairman and CEO of Western Wireless from 1992 to 2005; as chairman and CEO of VoiceStream Wireless (which was spun out of Western Wireless and later acquired by Deutsche Telekom, which renamed it T-Mobile USA) from 1995 to 2003, and as director and later chairman of Clearwire from 2008 to 2013.
In the Puget Sound area, Stanton has chaired or co-chaired the Business Partnership for Early Learning, the United Way of King County campaign, the Washington Roundtable, and the Regional Transportation Commission. He currently serves as chairman of Year Up of Puget Sound, and is a trustee of Whitman College in Walla Walla, and a director of the Seattle Foundation. He also serves on the board of Columbia Sportswear.
Stanton graduated from Whitman College and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married to Theresa Gillespie and has two sons.
He will serve on the compensation committee of Microsoft’s board. Stanton’s appointment means the board now has 11 directors.