Glenn Lurie
Photo courtesy of Glenn Lurie

He’s a wireless industry leader and former professional soccer player — and a Falcon. Glenn Lurie ’87 returned to SPU’s campus to headline the annual Burton and Ralene Walls Distinguished Speaker Series Luncheon on March 30.

Lurie is president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Operations. There, he oversees all mobile product offerings and consumer market operations, as well as sales, service, and distribution for AT&T Entertainment Group. He launched AT&T Digital Life (a home automation and security business) and Aio Wireless (now Cricket Wireless), among other successful ventures. He led negotiations to bring the first iPhone and iPad to AT&T.

When the first iPhone and iPad were introduced, Lurie led negotiations to bring both devices to AT&T. In 2007, he launched the Emerging Devices Organization (now IoT), a business unit focused on connecting new products to the AT&T network. This included tablets, cars, wellness devices, wearables, and a variety of M2M (machine-to-machine) solutions.

Now in its 16th year, the annual speaker series event brings a prominent national or regional business leader to the SPU School of Business, Government, and Economics.

The speaker series endowment was established by the Walls family in 2013 to further the entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge of SPU students.