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John Stanton is a founding member of Trilogy Partnership. John is a wireless industry pioneer, co-founding three, top 10 wireless operators in the United States in the last 25 years. His involvement in the wireless industry began in 1982 when John helped found McCaw Cellular Communications, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman. By 1989, McCaw had grown to be the largest wireless operator in the US and in 1994 was sold to form what is now AT&T Wireless.
Beginning in 1989, John and his partners formed a number of private entities that in 1994 were combined to form Western Wireless Corporation, where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1989 to 2005. In addition to the company’s US operations, Western Wireless also operated wireless networks in eleven foreign countries in Europe, Africa, and South America. Western Wireless was the nation’s seventh largest independent wireless operator when it was acquired by Alltel Corporation in August 2005 in a transaction valued at $6.2B.
VoiceStream Wireless, which was formed as a subsidiary of Western Wireless in 1995, was John’s third wireless endeavor. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1995-2001. VoiceStream spun off as a public company in May of 1999 and was sold to Deutsche Telecom for $50.7B in 2001. Deutsche Telecom subsequently changed the name to T-Mobile USA. John served as Chairman and CEO of T-Mobile USA from 2001-2003.
In 2006, John and several colleagues formed Trilogy Partnership, a private equity fund that invests in exciting, early stage growth opportunities in the wireless ecosystem, and Trilogy International Partners, a wireless operator in Central and South America and New Zealand.
John served as Chairman of national wireless associations three times, once each during the 1980’s representing McCaw, the 1990’s representing Western Wireless and 2000-2001 representing VoiceStream/T-Mobile. He was also a board member and chairman of Clearwire Corporation from 2008 to 2013. He presently serves as a board member of Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ: COLM) and a Trustee of Whitman College. A Seattle native, John graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Political Science. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School. In August of 2016, John became the Chairman and CEO of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.