Kris Rinne, senior vice president of network technologies at AT&T Labs, plans to retire, according to FierceWireless.
AT&T Spokesman Mark Siegel confirmed to Wireless Week that Rinne plans to retire at the end of November. She’ll be succeeded by Tom Keathley, who is appointed senior vice president of Network and Product Planning. He’ll be located in Atlanta and report to Krish Prabhu, president of AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer at AT&T Services.
Rinne has more than 30 years of experience in the telecom industry. She helped oversee AT&T’s deployment of GSM, HSPA and LTE network technologies and helped establish the 3GPP standard. She and her team were also involved with the initial iPhone launch.
Rinne also served as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors at 3G Americas and as a Director of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).
Rinne was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2013.