Oh noes! Sprint’s lost another high-level executive recently. This time, Wall Street Journal‘s reporting that Sprint’s Senior VP Kevin Packingham has left the company to run a different company headquartered in the Kansas City area. No word on what that other company is, but if you’re a customer of Sprint that liked how their phone offerings started to look in 2010, this is important to you: he’s the guy that brought the high-end mammoths HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung EPIC 4G to the carrier.
We’re hopeful that Dan Hesse and the team won’t fumble the unfortunate loss as many have praised Sprint for their resurgence in high-end devices lately. It wouldn’t be a good day if they were to lose that edge as they try to mold several areas of their product to put them in a better position to attempt a strong shot at second place.
It’s reported that Steve Elfman – president of Sprint’s network operations and wholsale business – and Fared Adib – vice president of product development – will share oversight of the position left behind by Packingham. Fortunately for Sprint, Adib worked directly under Packingham so the transition should be a smooth one. We’ll see in a few months time how much of an effect this change will have on their ability to bring in new, cutting edge products.