• United States

WorldCom’s former CEO Sidgmore dies at 52

Dec 12, 20031 min

John Sidgmore, the Internet pioneer and former WorldCom executive who steered the company as it emerged from a multibillion-dollar accounting scandal, died Thursday at the age of 52.

Sidgmore become chairman and CEO of WorldCom, now known as MCI, after the previous CEO Bernard Ebbers resigned in April of last year amid scrutiny of his involvement in the company’s mounting financial woes.

Sidgmore, who had been vice chairman of WorldCom, then led the company as it filed for bankruptcy in what has been called one of the largest bankruptcy filings in U.S. history. He then aided the company in a search for his replacement, and in November of last year was succeeded as chairman and CEO by former HP President Michael Capellas.

In a statement issued Thursday, WorldCom paid tribute to Sidgmore, saying that he had a profound, positive effect on the lives of thousands of the company’s employees.

Before heading the telecommunications giant, Sidgmore was president and CEO of ISP UUNET. When UUNET merged with MFS Communications, he became president of MFS, which in turn was bought by WorldCom in 1996.