Craig SparksChief Innovation Officer at C Spire
Craig Sparks is CINO for C Spire, a leading telecommunications and technology services company with deep roots and a strong commitment to the southeastern portion of the U.S. and its people. He brings more than 20 years of experience to C Spire in the field of telecommunications engineering. He was recognized by Fierce Wireless as one of their “Executives to watch: 13 rising stars of wireless in 2018”
Craig joined C Spire in 2016 as VP technology coming from Sprint where he had served as a distinguished member of technical staff facilitating intra-department technology path decision making for executive business strategies at strategic planning venues, including M&A activities. His prior entrepreneur role at NetGames USA saw him lead the company as president and ceo through acquisition by Microsoft Corporation.
Craig began his career as a radio frequency design engineer working on DARPA digital beamforming radio systems and later at Digital Ocean where the companies media access control IP became part of the foundation for WiFi 802.11b when acquired by Intersil.
A graduate of radio frequency design and telecommunications programs at the University of Kansas, Craig holds bachelor and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from the school.