2016 Great Immigrants Recipient

Marcelo Claure
CEO of SoftBank International and former CEO, Sprint
Born in:
Brazil

“Everybody likes to win. I don't care if you work for a small plumbing company or the most successful company in the world. There's a special flavor to winning,” Marcelo Claure told “The Wall Street Journal” in 2015. Claure is COO of SoftBank Group Corp and CEO of SoftBank International, a Japanese multinational conglomerate, and is a member of the SoftBank board of directors. Marcelo joined Sprint Corporation in 2014, serving four years as the company’s CEO and continues on in his role as executive chairman of the board. He is credited with turning around the money-losing wireless carrier and ushering in its best financial results in the company’s history. In 1997, Claure founded Brightstar, growing it into the world’s largest global wireless distribution and services company today, with billions of dollars in revenues. He is chairman of Miami Beckham United, Miami’s newest major league soccer franchise, and chairman of CTIA, a national trade association representing the U.S. wireless communications industry. More than a decade ago, he co-founded One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing low-cost laptops to children in impoverished communities. Updated 2018

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