Sprint Relay Services director wins top honor for corporate, civic leadership

Overland Park, Kansas | Press Releases

Overland Park, Kansas, May 10, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that Mike Ellis, Director – Relay Services, has received the Sprint Legends Award, one of the company’s highest honors given to select Sprint leaders who significantly contribute to the company, the telecommunications industry and the community.

“Ellis has become a recognized leader within the company and a high-profile ambassador outside of Sprint in matters related to accessibility, inclusion and diversity,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint Chief Executive Officer.

In October, Ellis testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee on his personal experiences with hearing loss and also on Sprint's accessibility leadership, especially for employees and customers who are Deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities.

Ellis and his team, many of whom are Deaf or hard of hearing, are mobilizing the Relay experience by wirelessly enabling services that were formerly wireline-only. They have introduced industry leading IP and Android apps available through a Sprint Relay ID pack to harness the power of Sprint’s 3G and 4G wireless networks.

Ellis also assembled the industry’s first video-based Customer Service team to accommodate the communication needs of wireless customers who are deaf or hard of hearing. He has been an invaluable resource and subject matter expert on an internal council that addresses diversity and accessibility opportunities for Sprint.

“Receiving this type of recognition for leadership in diversity is a great honor, and I’m humbled by the fact that Sprint has such a diverse employee base with varying perspectives, abilities and disabilities that truly embrace our common principals, ethics and values,” Ellis said.