CTIA chief Largent to step down at the end of 2014

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CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent said he will not seek an extension of his current contract, which expires at the end of 2014. The CTIA board will immediately begin conducting a search for his successor. Largent has led CTIA since 2003, a time of explosive growth in mobile as networks moved primarily from voice to data and the United States took the lead, along with South Korea and Japan, in deploying LTE networks. During his tenure the U.S. industry also saw a massive shift toward consolidation as larger carriers gobbled up smaller regional ones. Since 2003, CTIA said, the number of U.S. wireless subscriptions increased from about 158 million to more than 326 million, which currently represents a 104 percent penetration rate. Largent's main mission in the year ahead will be steering the CTIA toward its "Super Mobility Week" in September 2014. The event combines the association's two annual events and also will include content from other trade groups and organizations, such as Berlin's IFA. Release