Bios of Sprint's Forsee, Nextel's Donahue

Here are brief sketches of the two top executives of the company being created by Sprint Corp.'s $35 billion purchase of Nextel Communications Inc.


The CEO of Sprint Nextel will be Forsee, 53, who joined Sprint in 2003, after its top two executives were pushed out following a scandal over their use of tax shelters. He has 30 years experience in the telecommunications industry, most recently as vice chairman of BellSouth Corp. In that role, he was responsible for all of BellSouth's domestic operations and chaired the Cingular Wireless joint venture.

Before joining BellSouth, Forsee spent 10 years with Sprint, where he was president of the business services group and served as interim chief executive of the company's wireless venture. He also worked at AT&T Corp. and Southwestern Bell for almost 18 years.

Forsee has a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla.


Timothy Donahue, who has been president and chief executive officer of Nextel since 1999, will become chairman of the new company. He joined Nextel in 1996 as president and chief operating officer.

Donahue, 55, was northeast regional president of AT&T Wireless Services from 1991 to 1996. Before that, he was president of the paging division of what was then McCaw Cellular Communications. AT&T Wireless bought McCaw in 1994.

Donahue is a graduate of John Carroll University with a BA in English literature.