D'Agata to leave Sprint

Tony D'Agata, vice president of federal sales at Sprint, is retiring.

D'Agata, a 39-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, has been with Sprint for more than eight years, and has also served as vice president and general manager of Sprint Government Systems.

"The decision to leave Sprint was difficult," D'Agata said in a written statement. "Our innovative technologies and employee commitment have made it a real thrill to come to work every day, but I've been looking to retire for several years now and the timing just seemed right."

D'Agata will leave sometime in March, according to a Sprint spokeswoman.

Under D'Agata's leadership at Sprint, the federal business grew to $1.1 billion. Sprint acquired wireless carrier Nextel in 2005, and in 2007, the company's federal wireless business grew 27 percent compared to 2006, the company said.

However, the company suffered a setback in 2007 when it failed to get a spot on the General Services Administration's Networx Universal contract. Sprint had bid for both Universal and Networx Enterprise, but won only the Enterprise competition, a smaller and more limited vehicle. The multiple-award contracts are expected to be the government's prime source of telecommunications and network services for the next decade.

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Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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