INDIANAPOLIS - John J. Legere, the Chief Executive Officer of Global Crossing, has been named as a Director of the USA Track & Field Foundation Board, USATF Foundation Director Tom Jackovic announced on Tuesday.
The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track and field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging elite athletes and anti-doping education.
Recognized as a visionary in the telecommunications industry, Legere has held a number of pivotal positions over two decades of revolutionary change.
As chief executive officer of Global Crossing Limited since October 2001, Legere steered the company from its entrepreneurial roots to its current operational focus with the completion of the world's first integrated global IP-based network. He kept Global Crossing's network, customer base and employees intact through 681 days of restructuring, emerging on December 9, 2003 with a streamlined cost structure, improved customer satisfaction scores and near-perfect network operations. The company is now a leading provider of IP services worldwide.
At AT&T, where Legere began his telecommunications career, he rose rapidly through the ranks to become one of the telecom giant's youngest officers. He served as head of global strategy and business development and led the company's expansion in Asia as president and chief executive officer of AT&T Asia/Pacific from April 1994 to November 1997. From 1997 to 1998 he was president of worldwide outsourcing at AT&T Solutions, the unit that provided customized support to the company's largest customers.
From AT&T Legere moved to Dell Computer Corporation, spearheading its expansion in Asia so successfully as president of Asia-Pacific from 1998 until February 2000 that he was also named president for Dell's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well. He then took on the challenge of president and chief executive officer of Asia Global Crossing from February 2000 until January 2002, building a new company from scratch, conducting its successful initial public offering and overseeing construction of its leading-edge fiber-optic network before taking the top spot at Global Crossing.
A Massachusetts native, Legere received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Business Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a master's degree in Science as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also attended the Harvard Business School Management Development Program in 1989 and has been a member of the corporate advisory board of the School of Business and Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Government Relations Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong.
Legere was a nationally competitive runner in college and post college, and still competes - and wins - in Corporate Challenge events with fellow employees around the world to promote community and team spirit. He also runs in the New York City Marathon annually and recently competed in the Empire State Building Run-up.
In addition, for the last three years he has completed the Boston Marathon with his brother as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team, raising approximately $350,000 for the charity to help fight cancer. For more information on USA Track & Field and the USATF Foundation, visit USATF.org.
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