Stanton, a wireless industry veteran, has been on Clearwire's board since November 2008 and is also a managing director of Trilogy Partners, a part owner of Clearwire.
The company recently announced that Clearwire's former Chief Executive Benjamin Wolff was replacing McCaw as a board member.
The moves come as Clearwire, which is 54 percent owned by Sprint Nextel
From 1994 to 2004 John Stanton served as chairman of VoiceStream Corp which became T-Mobile USA when it was bought by Deutsche Telekom
Clearwire has discussed options such as a potential equity investment from T-Mobile USA, the No. 4 U.S. mobile service. It may also opt to sell wireless airwaves.
(Reporting by Sinead Carew; editing by Derek Caney)