Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG
René Obermann has been Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Telekom AG since November 2006.
He joined the Group in 1998 as Director of Sales and Member of the Board of Management, T-Mobile Deutschland GmbH. In 2000, he became Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile Deutschland. As Board Member for European Operations and Group Synergies, he assumed additional international responsibility for the European business of T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG one year later.
From the end of 2002 to December 2006, he was CEO of T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG and Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG. During this period, Deutsche Telekom continued to grow as one of the world's leading mobile operators with more than 100 million customers, successfully introducing the brand in eleven countries.
René Obermann - born 1963 in Düsseldorf - began his career with a business traineeship at BMW AG in Munich. Following that, he founded his own business in Münster in 1986: ABC Telekom. The company marketed and distributed telecommunication equipment and provided technical services.
The company was bought by the Hong-Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa in 1991 and René Obermann was Managing Partner of the resulting company Hutchison Mobilfunk GmbH from 1991 onwards. From 1993 to 1998, he was Chief Executive Officer of the company. Hutchison Mobilfunk went on to become one of the first network-independent service providers for digital mobile communications in Germany.
René Obermann has been Vice President of the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) since 2007. In the 1990s, he was Chairman of the former German Association of Mobile Communication Service Providers (VAM) for two years. In May 2011, René Obermann was appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Düsseldorf-based E.ON AG. In the same year, he was selected to join the Senate of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.