Sounds like the host of “Slow Cooker Sunday” might have a thing for Kansas City barbecue.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere, who never shies from saying just what he’s thinking, did just that during a town hall meeting with Sprint employees in Overland Park, Kan., on Oct. 5. Sharing a stage with Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, as the two wireless carriers await federal approval of their planned merger, Legere talked about how T-Mobile’s Bellevue headquarters is already maxed out.
Given the choice between staying in Bellevue or heading for the Midwest, Legere played to the Sprint crowd.
“I definitely have a lot of people in Bellevue that would love to move to Kansas City,” he said. “I’m one of them that would love to live here instead of Bellevue. It rains every day.”
Details of what was said at the meeting showed up in a transcript of the town hall that Sprint was required to provide to the SEC. The Puget Sound Business Journal and the Kansas City Business Journal both reported on the comments earlier Monday.
T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert also attended and talked about how the companies are actively talking about creating new “centers of employment.”
“Our Bellevue offices — and one of the many reasons we’re excited about this campus — our Bellevue offices are full, completely full,” Sievert said. “Even if we didn’t do the new T-Mobile, we were going to be looking for a new place to expand and suddenly you have this amazing talent pool of incredible people in an incredible facility.”
The executives also fielded questions from employees, one of whom expressed concern about the “significantly higher cost of living” in Bellevue compared to Kansas. Sievert and Legere said cost-of-living adjustments would be made if anyone had to move west.