Welcome, Dr. Elke Frank – a leading manager in the HR industry

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Congratulations: Elke Frank, our new head of HR Development, is one of the 40 top minds in HR in Germany. She received this accolade at the Talent Management Summit in Heidelberg.

For some years now, the HR magazine Personalmagazin from the Haufe Group has honored the 40 top minds from the HR industry – including managers like our new colleague Elke Frank, as well as consultants, scientists, academics and legal experts. The bar is set high: The award winners must define and drive new issues, influence public opinion and be an established name in the HR arena.

Her key theme: Make work more flexible
Elke Frank meets all those criteria: The Doctor of Law is a visionary when it comes to making work more flexible. In numerous publications, she tackles the issue of how modern companies can give their employees a high degree of flexibility and personal freedom, thus boosting their innovative strength. The maxim in a nutshell: Remove the strictures of everyday office work and move toward HR work where results are more important than rigid times of attendance – and where companies can adapt to digitization. She is also helping to rethink the issue of "management": Her goal here is to strengthen employees' personal responsibility. As a member of the "Work 4.0" working party at the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, she also defends her ideas for flexible work practices at political level.

Modern talent and executive development
The 43-year-old has been head of HR Development at Telekom since November 1. She brings with her huge experience from working at international companies; in her last post, she was senior director of Human Resources at Microsoft Germany, and before that she held managerial posts at Daimler AG and Carl Zeiss Vision, among others. Elke Frank is in charge of global personnel development and talent management at Telekom.

We are delighted to have been able to gain a true visionary in the HR industry for our company. Welcome to Deutsche Telekom!