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The executive who struck AT&T's iPhone deal is retiring

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AT&T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie, who has been with the company for 27 years, plans to retire in September. Lurie was the executive who struck AT&T's exclusive deal with Apple to sell the iPhone and later pioneered the company's expansion into non-phone devices such as cars, tablets and home security.

His retirement, announced in an internal email on Tuesday, comes as AT&T has made an executive shuffle to prepare for life after its Time Warner acquisition closes. John Donovan, who has led AT&T's network operations, was named CEO of AT&T Communications, which includes AT&T's Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, and Technology & Operations groups.

Lurie's departure was reported earlier Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal.

Fun Fact: Lurie is a former professional soccer player.