NII Holdings CEO steps down one month after layoffs

Steven P. Dussek has stepped down as chief executive of Reston-based NII Holdings about a month after the firm announced it would reduce the headcount at its headquarters by 20 percent.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by Steven M. Shindler, who has served as chairman of the board of directors since 2000. Shindler was also the company’s CEO between 2000 and 2008.

A news release from the company only states Dussek departed “to pursue other opportunities.”

NII Holdings sells Nextel phones and telecommunications services in many countries across Central and South America, including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Chile.

Last month, executives said the company would terminate or relocate 20 percent of its local workforce. The firm has previously said it employs 330 people in the Washington region.

A spokeswoman did not return a call seeking comment. The company plans to provide more details during an earnings call in February, according to a news release.

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Steven Overly is a national reporter covering federal technology and energy policy with a focus on Capitol Hill. He previously covered the business of technology, biotechnology and venture capital.

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