SoftBank COO Marcelo Claure may step down as soon as today, CNBC reported.
Claure has been discussing resignation for several months, people familiar with the situation told CNBC, and is considering running his own investment firm. Bloomberg reported that the executive is resigning due to fights over compensation with Masayoshi Son, SoftBank's founder. Claure is currently the company's second-highest paid executive.
In December, Claure asked the company for $2 billion in compensation over a period of several years for his role as the SoftBank's fixer, such as negotiating Adam Neumann's $180 million severance package from WeWork and assisting in the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Son and other senior executives from SoftBank disagreed that Claure deserved the steep compensation package.
Claure joined SoftBank in 2013 after selling a majority stake of Brightstar, a wireless service provider, to the company for $1.26 billion, and became the CEO of SoftBank-owned Sprint from 2014 to 2018. After stepping down from Sprint, he became COO at SoftBank Group and CEO at SoftBank Group International.