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Sprint Cuts a Small Number of Jobs as Part of Reorganization

Wireless carrier Sprint Nextel is cutting a small number of jobs as part of a reorganization that began with an executive shuffle last month.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse

As part of that move, Sprint combined its business and consumer units. Also, as a result, the company said four top executives were leaving the company.

The company confirmed on Friday that the reorganization will result in deeper job cuts, though it did not give an exact number.

“The latest job reductions are a further extension of this consolidation,” Sprint spokesman Scott Sloat said in an email. “Sprint’s workforce is approximately 40,000 employees and we do not expect this to change significantly with this reorganization. Sprint continues to hire new employees into positions that support our corporate strategy.”

The job cuts were reported earlier by cellular industry publication Fierce Wireless. Fierce Wireless pegged the number of job cuts at fewer than 100 positions.


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