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Leap Announces Changes to Leadership Group

                  Leap Announces Changes to Leadership Group

~ Management Changes Underscore Commitment to Improved Business Execution

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 15, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Leap Wireless International, Inc.
(NASDAQ: LEAP), today announced management changes that underscore the
Company's commitment to improved business execution. The changes are intended
to accelerate operational improvements and better enable management to direct
the Company's long-term strategy in a time of industry transition.


Jerry Elliott, who joined the Company earlier this year, will bring
considerable operational experience to his new role as president and chief
operating officer, effective immediately. Mr. Elliott will assume day-to-day
operational management for the Company's field operations, customer operations
and supply chain functions. In his new role, Mr. Elliott will continue to
report to S. Douglas Hutcheson, the Company's chief executive officer.

In addition, Perley McBride has been appointed as executive vice president and
chief financial officer, replacing Mr. Elliott in that role, and is expected
to start with the Company on December 10, 2012. Anne Liu, the Company's
former vice president and controller, has been appointed senior vice president
and chief accounting officer, effective immediately.

"In elevating Jerry to the president and COO role, and appointing Perley and
Anne to their new roles, we are underscoring our strong focus on and
commitment to business improvement and significantly better execution across
all parts of our business at a time of transition in our industry," said
Hutcheson. "Jerry has significant operational experience, having proven
himself as a strong leader with a fresh perspective for the work we have to do
to improve our performance. Perley brings a strong operational and financial
background to support the steps we are taking to build improved execution,
better results and stronger cash flows. Anne has demonstrated her
considerable skills and experience during the past six years with us as we
have strengthened our finance and accounting functions. I'm delighted to
welcome them to our senior team."

Mr. Elliott joined Leap in May 2012 and has nearly 25 years of financial and
operational experience with both public and private companies. Prior to
joining Leap, Elliott served as chief financial officer and chief
administrative officer at The Weather Channel Companies. He also has
significant background in wireless and telecommunications, having served as
chief financial officer and later as president of Frontier Communications,
chief executive officer at Global Signal and chief financial officer at Virgin

Mr. McBride has served in financial leadership roles for the past 18 years,
most recently at The Weather Company where he served as executive vice
president of finance. In this capacity, McBride provided strategic direction
and leadership for accounting, tax, treasury, procurement, real estate,
facilities, financial planning and analysis, operational and strategic
planning, risk and insurance, and corporate development functions. Prior to
that, McBride was the corporate vice president of financial planning and
analysis at Frontier Communications, where he was responsible for all
operating and strategic planning, financial systems and reporting, decision
support, pricing, and capital management functions. Prior to Frontier, he
held accounting and finance positions at Sprint PCS and Citizens
Communications. McBride earned his B.S. from Mount Allison University in
Canada and his M.B.A. from the University of Houston.

Ms. Liu has nearly 30 years of accounting and finance experience. She joined
Leap in 2006 and has served as vice president, controller since December 2008,
having previously served as assistant controller. Prior to joining the
Company, Ms. Liu served in a number of accounting and finance roles with
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) between March 1990 and
November 2006, including as vice president of finance. From 1983 to 1990, Ms.
Liu held various audit positions at Deloitte (formerly Touche Ross). Ms. Liu
holds a B.A. in government from Pomona College.

About Leap

Leap provides innovative, high-value wireless services to a young and
ethnically diverse customer base. With the value of unlimited wireless
services as the foundation of its business, Leap pioneered its Cricket
service. Cricket products and services are available nationwide through
company-owned stores, dealers, national retailers and at
Through its affordable, flat-rate service plans, Cricket offers customers a
choice of unlimited voice, text, data and mobile Web services. Headquartered
in San Diego, Calif., Leap is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under
the ticker symbol "LEAP." For more information, please visit

SOURCE Leap Wireless International, Inc.

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