Urbandale, IA – iWireless, a leading regional wireless communications provider, today announced its board of directors has appointed Craven Shumaker as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective Monday, July 16, 2012. Shumaker brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience with Fortune 500 wireless communications companies to his new role with iWireless.
Shumaker previously served in executive leadership posts at Nextel and Sprint. Past positions with Sprint have included Regional Vice President for the South, Regional President for the North with oversight of 13 states and 13 million customers, and Senior Vice President of Indirect Sales and Distribution for the US and Puerto Rico with a staff of 900 employees. In his time with Sprint and Nextel, Shumaker led initiatives to launch and build top tier markets, develop sales culture and grow distribution channels including big box deployment. Most recently, Shumaker has served as a Senior Executive at Manage Mobility, a reseller for Sprint.
“Craven is a seasoned and strong leader with a track record of accomplishment in growth and transition environments, and we look forward to him leading the iWireless team in growing the business and providing products and services so important to our customers, partners and distributors,” said Ron Keller, President and CEO of Iowa Network Services and iWireless Board Director.
“iWireless is poised for a strong future with an outstanding network and position as the premier pay in advance carrier in the region,” said Shumaker. “The company and its people are dedicated to the communities it serves. I intend to build on iWireless’ excellent service culture and grow the business for long term success. ”
Shumaker holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also earned a Certificate of Business Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Shumaker and his family will be relocating to the Des Moines area from Atlanta this summer.
iWireless, a leading regional wireless communications provider serving Iowa, western Illinois, and eastern Nebraska, is a T-Mobile Affiliate and Iowa Wireless Services company. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Urbandale, iWireless is owned by T-Mobile USA and Iowa Network Services (a consortium of 127 Iowa Independent Telecommunications Companies). iWireless provides wireless communications products for monthly billed and pay in advance customers under the brand MEGAtalk by iWireless. iWireless has over 250 full service company stores and authorized dealers and offers customers access to the world’s largest and fastest wireless voice and data network. For more information, visit www.iwireless.com or contact Allison Costello at 319-390-7242.