Deutsche Telekom establishes separate board focused on convergence, digitisation

Deutsche Telekom announced Claudia Nemat will head up a new board that the operator is establishing to focus on its convergent network, innovation and IT activities.

Nemat, who was previously Deutsche Telekom's board member for Europe, will lead the new Technology and Innovation board, a separate management department that the operator explained will have end-to-end responsibility for its move towards a digital future.

"With this new management structure we create an important foundation to successfully shape digitisation," Ulrich Lehner, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom said.

In a statement announcing Nemat's appointment, Deutsche Telekom explained that the Technology and Innovation board will help the company to focus on next generation networks and related innovations including software-defined networks, virtualisation, and cloud services. The company said such innovations bring conventional network technology closer to the realm of IT, and that future developments are increasingly dependent on the interaction of the network and IT.

Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges said the company believes "in the convergence of networks and the value of virtualisation and security." He added that Nemat's leadership and the new board "will make us faster and more efficient."

The operator stated that the new board area "will drive product innovations and be able to serve the requirements of the market more quickly." Product distribution will remain the responsibility of the group's national companies, which the operator said "will improve the scalability overall" by utilising a shared, standardised, infrastructure throughout Europe.

Deutsche Telekom announced that a new board of management member for Europe will be appointed to replace Nemat, and also appointed Thorsten Langheim as EVP for group corporate development. Langheim begins his role today (Jul. 1) and has responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, and Deutsche Telekom's Capital Partners, which the operator explained backs one of Europe's largest technology investment funds.

Langheim will also be responsible for Deutsche Telekom's overseas investments, including T-Mobile US and BT.

For more:
- see this Deutsche Telekom announcement

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