Another change has come to the c-level team at NII Holdings, which operates under the Nextel brand in Latin America. The company announced that Steven Shindler, currently the chairman of the board, will take on the additional position of interim CEO effective immediately. Shindler replaces Steven Dussek, who stepped down as CEO and board member to pursue other opportunities. Shindler will serve as interim CEO while the board conducts a search for a permanent chief executive.
Shindler served as the company’s CEO from 2000-2008.
This is the second change NII Holdings has made within a month. In November, the company announced the dismissal of the president of its Brazilian operations, Sergio Borges Chaia. NII Holdings stated that it will provide more detail on the its strategy when it presents fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 earnings results in February.
In a statement, Shindler said he will focus his attention on the build-out of the 3G network, high-quality subscriber growth and key financial metrics including revenue and margins, as well as providing a quality product and superior customer experience.
Shindler has served as chairman of NII Holdings since 2000 and was the company’s CEO from 2000 to 2008. He served as CFO of Nextel Communications from 1996 to 2000. Prior to his work at NII Holdings, Shindler was managing director of Toronto-Dominion Bank from 1987 to 1996, where he raised capital for wireless companies.