Management board of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG
Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG is being led by a duo with extensive experience in the sector: Markus Haas and Rachel Empey.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chairman of the Board of Directors Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG Markus Haas is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG as of January 2017. In this role, he also continues to manage the company’s core operating business, which he has overseen as Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2014. His responsibilities as COO also included the operational integration of Telefónica and E-Plus following the acquisition in 2014 and the successful realisation of the synergies anticipated as a result. Under his management, Telefónica recently also revolutionised the German mobile telecommunications market once again with the launch of O2 Free, by far the most customer-friendly mobile data product. Being a fully qualified lawyer, Markus Haas has been working for Telefónica in various management positions since 1998. In 2009 he was appointed to the executive board and since 2012 he is member of the board of directors of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG, where he most recently steered the company strategy. In this position he was mainly responsible for the successful acquisition of E-Plus group. Previously he played significant roles in the acquisition and integration of HanseNet, the LTE spectrum auction and Telefónica Deutschland´s successful IPO. Under his conduct of negotiations Telefónica Deutschland entered commercially important strategic partnerships with Deutsche Telekom AG, Versatel GmbH and Drillisch AG among others. Markus Haas started his career in the legal affairs and regulatory division at Telefónica in Germany in 1998 - at that time Viag Interkom - and subsequently worked as Executive Assistant of the CFO. Afterwards, he steered as Vice President the Corporate & Legal Affairs department with commercial responsibility for the roaming- and wholesale network-business. Markus Haas was born in Munich in 1972, is married and has two children.
Chief Financial and Strategy Officer (CFO) Member of the Board of Directors Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG Rachel Empey has held the position of Chief Financial and Strategy Officer (CFO) of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG since 2011. As of January 2017, she is responsible not only for the areas of Finance and Corporate Strategy, but also for Transformation & Integration, Business Intelligence, Innovation and subsidiary Telefónica Next. As CFO she steered the successful IPO of Telefónica Deutschland in October 2012 - one of the biggest listings in Germany in recent years. She also played a decisive role in the successful acquisition of E-Plus group. For many years, Rachel has held various finance and controlling leadership positions in the Telefónica group. From 2009 she was responsible for controlling at Telefónica in Germany and was one of those steering the company's strategy for the successful LTE frequency auction. Before this she was Group Controller at Telefónica Europe responsible for the financial management of the European entities as well as various leadership roles in the finance department at O2 in Great Britain. She started her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young and business analyst at Lucent Technologies. Rachel Empey was born in 1976 in Truro (UK) and holds a MA (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Oxford.