Alan Strauss is the executive vice president and chief technology officer of NII Holdings, Inc., a provider of differentiated mobile communication services for businesses and high value consumers in Latin America. With operations in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Chile, NII is a Fortune 500 company and trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol NIHD.
Mr. Strauss is responsible for the direction and management of the company’s engineering, network operations and information technology functions. His innovative vision has been in great part responsible for guiding the development and expansion of NII’s network in Latin America. His leadership has increased the company’s ability to bring the Push-to-Talk technology to an increasing number of strategic markets throughout the region, and his strategic direction has ensured NII’s efficient and effective operations.
Mr. Strauss joined NII in March 2001 as vice president of corporate engineering and network operations. Prior to joining the NII team, he held several senior level positions at Nextel Communications, Inc. from 1994 to 2001, including that of vice president and general manager of Nextel’s strategic business operations group. The strategic business operations group was the Nextel team responsible for the development and ongoing operation of various joint ventures and partnerships between Nextel and other wireless operators and investors, most notably Nextel Partners. He was also vice president of operations and engineering for Nextel’s North Region, responsible for the company’s switching and wireless network, from Maine to Virginia and as far West as Ohio and Michigan.
Prior to joining Nextel, Mr. Strauss held various management positions during his nine years at MCI Telecommunications. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois.