LightSquared CEO steps down; 4G plans look uncertain

Summary:The announcement does not shed much light as to exactly why CEO Sanjiv Ahuja resigned, but reports have suggested it has to do something with the FCC's move to block LightSquared's 4G network.

LightSquared's CEO Sanjiv Ahuja has stepped down as the company's chief executive officer.

The decision, announced on Tuesday morning, does not shed much light as to exactly why Ahuja resigned, but reports have already circulating suggesting it has to do something with the Federal Communication Commission's move to block the launch of its 4G network.

In November, Ahuja spoke at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, arguing that there is a disparity between demand for data and the amount of available spectrum, and that the United States is not ready to handle those problems.

Nevertheless, Ahuja will continue to stay with LightSquared as chairman of the board.

LightSquared has announced that a search for a new CEO is already underway. Until one is selected, chief network officer Doug Smith and chief financial officer Marc Montagner will serve as interim co-chief operating officers.

Also involved in the reshuffling is Philip A. Falcone, CEO and CIO of Harbinger Capital Partners, who has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Falcone offered several prepared comments about where LightSquared is headed now:

We are, furthermore, committed to working with the appropriate entities to find a solution to the recent regulatory issues. We, of course, agree that it is critical to ensure that national security, aviation and the GPS communities are protected. I am confident that working together, we can solve this problem and bring the American consumer the lower priced 4G wireless alternative they need and deserve.


Topics: CXO


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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