Former MCI boss dies

John Sidgmore, the former MCI chief executive who led the company into its bankruptcy process, died this week at age 52.

Sidgmore, who joined the company in 1996 when MCI -- then called WorldCom Inc. -- acquired Sidgmore's UUNet, became chairman and chief executive officer when Bernard Ebbers resigned last year.

Sidgmore helped unravel the accounting improprieties that had led the company to overstate its profits, but left MCI himself later in 2002, to be succeeded by Michael Capellas.

MCI officials issued a statement praising Sidgmore's vision.

"We are deeply saddened by John Sidgmore's passing," the statement reads. "He was a true Internet visionary, leader and friend who had an uncanny ability of bringing joy into people's lives."

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.