BellSouth won a temporary restraining order from a Fulton County, Ga., judge Friday to block Sprint from hiring Gary Forsee, vice chairman of BellSouth's domestic operations.
Forsee signed a noncompete agreement that prevents him from joining a BellSouth competitor within 18 months of leaving the company. Sprint competes against BellSouth for wireless and long-distance customers.
Sprint on Sunday acknowledged in a statement that Forsee was offered the position of CEO. He would replace William Esrey, Sprint's long-standing CEO, who is expected to remain chairman during an unspecified transition period, according to Sprint.
Esrey was diagnosed with cancer of the lymphatic system in November. He has been CEO of Sprint since 1985.