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Western Wireless

Western Wireless became the second John Stanton bet to hit it big. In 2001, the mobile-phone mogul sold Voicestream Wireless to Deutsche Telekom near the top of the market for $30 billion. This January, he agreed to sell the smaller Western Wireless to Alltel for $4 billion, a deal that's expected to close in summer 2005. Western Wireless, which sells its service primarily under the Cellular One brand to about 1.2 million customers, soared by building mobile phone operations in rural America -- spots the big carriers largely ignored. But the company decided to sell just as the industry enters a heavy period of consolidation.

Company Info

Revenues* $2 BILLION
Revenue Growth 22.7%
Return on Equity 75.8%
Total Return45.5%
Profits* $202 MILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

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Company Snapshot

Western Wireless Corporation provides rural wireless communications services in the United States. It provides voice and data services to both businesses and consumers in approximately 88 rural service areas and 19 metropolitan service areas. The company offers picture mail, wireless Web, conference calling, data services, directory assistance with hands-free dialing, call forwarding, call waiting, voice message storage and retrieval, caller ID, short messaging service, and no-answer transfer. Western Wireless also provides data services under Hello2 family of products, as well as delivers a range of wireless Internet-related services. In addition, it offers wireless local voice and data services to residential customers. As of December 31, 2004, the company offered wireless services under the CellularONE and Western Wireless brand names to approximately 1.4 million subscribers in the Western United States. Western Wireless is also licensed to provide wireless communications services in seven countries, including Austria, Ireland, Slovenia, Bolivia, Haiti, Ghana, and Georgia. The company was organized in 1994 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

No. of Employees


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John W. Stanton

John W. Stanton

AGE: 49


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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Total Compensation*


Total Value of Options**


Degrees Held

Harvard Business School (MBA), Whitman College (BA)

* Latest available fiscal year
** The sum of the net value of options exercised and held in the latest available fiscal year

Key Executives

John W. Stanton, Donald Guthrie, Theresa E. Gillespie, Mikal J. Thomsen, Eric Hertz, M. Wayne Wisehart, Bradley J. Horwitz, Gerald J. Baker, Jeffrey A. Christianson, Thorpe M. Kelly, Jr., Scott A. Soley

Board Members

John W. Stanton, Theresa E. Gillespie, Mikal J. Thomsen, John L. Bunce, Jr., Mitchell R. Cohen, Daniel J. Evans, Jonathan M. Nelson, Peggy V. Phillips, Peter H. van Oppen

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