AT&T to combine wireless and business services

AT&T is set to combine wireless and landline-driven business services.

Ralph de la Vega, the head of its wireless unit for the past six years, will be the head of the combined wireless and business services.

Glenn Lurie will become the new CEO of mobile services, reporting to de la Vega.

AT&T is revamping its operations to work more closely with business clients, who make up more than half of its mobile revenue.

Bloomberg reported that the move echoes Verizon Communications’ effort to combine its mobile and landline businesses after taking full control of U.S. wireless operations with the $130 billion acquisition this year of Vodafone Group Plc’s 45 percent stake in the joint venture.

Andy Geisse, CEO of the old business solutions unit, is retiring after 35 years with the company.

De la Vega came to AT&T with the Cingular Wireless merger and took over leadership of the wireless business in 2007.

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