AT&T appoints Arroyo to head international and business operations

AT&T appoints Arroyo to head international and business operations

Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T Mexico, will take over as the group’s head of international and business operations on 1 January following the retirement of Ralph de la Vega.

Arroyo has been with the AT&T group and its predecessors since 2001, when he was appointed CIO of Cingular Wireless, a mobile operator part-owned by Bell South, which merged with the old AT&T 10 years ago and adopted the name.

A California-born mathematician and computer scientist, he moved to Mexico City at the start of 2015, following AT&T’s purchase of Iusacell and Nextel, wireless operations that it turned into AT&T Mexico.

He has spent two years integrating Iusacell and Nextel’s networks and upgrading them to 4G – essentially following what de la Vega did north of the border. The US and Mexican networks now operate seamlessly,de la Vega said earlier this year.

Arroyo will now run AT&T’s international carrier business and its enterprise operations from Dallas, the group’s headquarters.

De la Vega’s retirement at the end of December, leaked yesterday, came as a surprise to the industry. Born in Cuba 65 years ago, he moved to the US with his family in 1962 and has spent all of his 42-year career in what become AT&T. He was chief operating officer of Cingular Wireless and in 2004 led its merger with AT&T Wireless – then an independently quoted company.

Later on he negotiated an exclusive deal with Apple to launch the iPhone on the AT&T network in the US. He was one of the only people in the world outside Apple who saw the iPhone before it was launched.

The new CEO of AT&T Mexico will be Kelly King, now senior VP of AT&T’s business group.  

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