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Departing SoftBank COO Claure lost spotlight in Vision Fund era

Masayoshi Son's former right-hand man had few challenges after Sprint

Marcelo Claure, then-CEO of Sprint, attends the MWC Americas mobile industry conference in 2017. (Photo by Ryoji Koike)

TOKYO -- The exit of Marcelo Claure, once Masayoshi Son's right-hand man, from SoftBank Group reflects the telecom industry veteran's diminished presence at a company where tech investment has taken center stage.

Claure stepped down as chief operating officer, effective Thursday, leaving the post vacant. He had been viewed as a potential successor to Son, SoftBank's founder and CEO.

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