Steven Shindler is chairman 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.
As chairman, Mr. Shindler focuses on the company’s strategic plans and priorities with the goal of maximizing NII’s opportunities and long-term value of its stakeholders. He has successfully transformed NII from a start-up operation to a leading wireless provider with nearly 10.9 million subscribers and some of the best financial metrics in the Latin American region.
In 2010, Mr. Shindler was included in Latin Business Chronicle’s list of “Latin America’s 100 Most Powerful Businesspeople.” Due to his leadership, NII has often been recognized for its achievements. In 2007, NII was named a “Global Superstar” by Forbes magazine and as one of Businessweek’s “InfoTech 100.” In 2006, NII received several prestigious awards, ranking in the top 10 of Businessweek’s “Fast Growth 50.” It also received an International Business Award in the Best Multinational Company category.
Mr. Shindler joined Nextel Communications, Inc. in 1996 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. From 2000 to 2008, he served as chief executive officer for Nextel International, Inc., now NII. He has been a member of NII’s board of directors since 1997, serving as chairman since 2002.
Prior to joining Nextel, Mr. Shindler was managing director of communications finance at the Toronto Dominion Bank, one of the largest suppliers of capital to the wireless community.
Mr. Shindler is board chair of Worldfund, a US-based non-profit organization which aims to raise the quality and relevance of education in Latin America. In April 2011, Worldfund honored him for his generous financial contributions.Mr. Shindler earned a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Michigan, and received a master of business administration from Cornell University.