Legere -- an eccentric CEO who regularly wears bright pink T-Mobile t-shirts -- is departing as the wireless company still works to close its $26 billion merger with Sprint.
The companies recently secured formal approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) but have agreed to hold off on closing the deal until the resolution of a pending legal challenge. Multiple state attorneys general filed a suit to block the merger, arguing the deal -- which would reduce the number of major wireless carriers in the US from four to three -- will decrease competition.
While the two companies combined will bulk up and have scale to compete with Verizon and AT&T, there are concerns. A recent report from Oppenheimer estimates that the pro forma combination of T-Mobile will have net debt of $52.2 billion. Sprint brings $32.94 billion in net debt and T-Mobile brings net debt of $24.35 billion.
"In the months ahead, my focus will be on ensuring a smooth leadership transition and continuing to work closely with the Board and Mike to complete the Sprint transaction," Legere said in a press release Monday. "This merger will create the new T-Mobile -- a company that is uniquely positioned to continue disrupting the wireless category -- and beyond. This marks the beginning of a dynamic new chapter for T-Mobile."
Last week reports surfaced that Legere was in talks to lead WeWork's parent company We Co. The company scrapped its IPO last month, in part because of a series of reports about the dubious activities of its then-CEO Adam Neumann. A Wall Street Journal article claimed that Neumann was known for partying on the job and borrowing heavily against his stock. After Neumann resigned under pressure in September, WeWork executives Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham took over as co-CEOs.
Legere has not commented on the potential move to WeWork.