René Obermann, born in March 1963 in Düsseldorf, has been Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Telekom AG since November 2006. On January 1, 2012 the area “Product and Innovation” was added to his responsibilities.
He joined the Group in 1998 as Managing Director of Sales at T-Mobile Deutschland GmbH. In April 2000, he became Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile Deutschland. From the end of 2002 to December 2006, he was CEO of T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG and the Deutsche Telekom Board Member for Mobile Communications.
René Obermann's career began with a business traineeship at BMW AG in Munich. Following that, he set up his own business, ABC Telekom, in Münster in 1986, which focused on marketing and providing technical service for telecommunications equipment and mobile phones.
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 Chairman of the company’s Management Board.
René Obermann has been Vice President of the German industry association BITKOM since March 2007. In May 2011 René Obermann was appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Düsseldorf based E.ON AG.