OVERLAND PARK, KS—Merging telecommunications giants Sprint and Nextel Communications have designated veteran corporate public relations executive Judith Muhlberg as senior vice president, corporate communications, for Sprint Nextel Corporation once the proposed merger—scheduled for the third quarter of this year—closes.
Muhlberg has spent more than 28 years in two major global industries - aerospace and automotive, and, in addition, has served in The White House. Most recently she was a consultant for Gagen MacDonald, a privately held employee engagement and strategy execution firm. But for four years before that she was senior vice president, communications for The Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace company.
Prior to that position, Muhlberg served 22 years at Ford Motor Company and served as an aide to chiefs of staff Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney during the Ford administration, as well as working for David Gergen, then director of White House Communications. She also is a member of the board of directors of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.
“Judith has successfully led the communications efforts for top U.S.-based companies serving the international marketplace and has played a key role in spearheading the strategic integration of these world-leading corporations,” says Gary Forsee, chairman and chief executive officer for Sprint, and designated president and CEO of the combined company. “We believe her expertise will contribute significantly to our goal of building America’s premier communications company.”
At Sprint Nextel, Muhlberg will report to Forsee, and will oversee all communications for the corporation, including executive and internal communications, external relations, reputation-building efforts, issues management, the internal brand experience, marketing public relations communications, field communications and community relations.