Sprint appoints Elfman networks president

Sprint Nextel created a new position for Steven Elfman, who left Motricity to become Sprint's first president of network operations and wholesale. Elfman will report directly to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse after taking the new post on May 4. Elfman previously worked with Hesse at Terabeam and AT&T Wireless. Elfman will oversee the combined network and IT organizations at Sprint that are led by Chief Network Officer Kathy Walker as well as the wholesale business, which Jim Patterson leads. Additionally, Elfman will oversee Sprint's technology development and product development initiatives.

Sprint poached Elfman from Motricity, where he served as president and chief operating officer. Motricity CEO Ryan Wuerch said in a release: "We certainly don't like losing him, but he leaves us in a very strong position. He's built a great foundation for the business and we have great momentum moving forward. Steve's entire leadership team remains intact and will continue to lead our business."

For more on Elfman's new position:
- read this press release