Integration of HanseNet

Telefónica O2 Germany strengthens its management board for the integration of HanseNet

-Lutz Schüler assumes in the Management board of Telefonica O2 Germany the responsibility for the HanseNet Integration
-Jens Prautzsch, Joachim Kugoth and Robert Simmeth are appointed to the management board of Telefónica O2 Germany
-Carsten Wreth will be CEO for new global procurement company of Telefónica group with head office in Munich
-Antonio Botas will be the new Director Coordination International Global Marketing and based in Telefónica's headquarter in Madrid
MUNICH. Telefónica O2 Germany is strengthening its management board for the planned integration of HanseNet and new responsibilities set by the Telefónica group. Lutz Schüler, Managing Director Marketing & Sales, will assume responsibility as Managing Director at Telefónica O2 Germany for the in-tegration of HanseNet after approval by the competition authorities. René Schuster, CEO of Telefónica O2 Germany, will temporarily assume Lutz Schüler's previous role as Managing Director Marketing & Sales.
"His long experience as O2 Managing Director Marketing & Sales and his record in the industry make Lutz Schüler the ideal person to ensure the successful integration of HanseNet into the Telefónica family", says Schuster. Following the signing of con-tract between Telefónica and Telecom Italia at the beginning of December, the com-petition authorities are currently reviewing the acquisition. The decision is expected during the first quarter of 2010. Joachim Kugoth will be appointed to the management board of Telefónica O2 Ger-many as the new Managing Director Human Resources. Effective 1 February 2010, Robert Simmeth, who previously worked as CEO of DB Systel and on other posi-tions, will act as the new Managing Director Service Technology and Chief Informa-tion Officer (CIO). His predecessor Carsten Wreth will move to the top management of the Telefónica group and assume the position as CEO Telefónica Global Services. The new corporation with head office in Munich and almost 100 employees will man-age the global procurement and roaming services of the Telefónica group. "The bun-dling of the global procurement services in Munich and the appointment of a CEO from among our ranks underlines the significance of the German market for Telefóni-ca", Schuster emphasized. There will also be a change in the top brand management: Antonio Botas who has been Managing Director Strategy, Brand Management & Customer Experience, will be appointed Director Coordination International Global Marketing of the Telefónica group and be responsible for the international marketing activities of the group at the corporate headquarters in Madrid. He will be succeeded by Jens Prautzsch as Man-aging Director Strategy, Brand Management and Customer Experience who has pre-viously been responsible for Strategy and New Business Development.
The new Management Board of Telefónica O2 Germany (effective 1 January 2010)
René SchusterCEO
Andrea FolgueirasMD Network Technology
Markus HaasMD Corporate & Legal Affairs
André KrauseMD Finance, CFO
Joachim KugothMD Human Resources
Jens PrautzschMD Strategy, Brand Management & Customer Experience
Johannes PruchnowMD Business & Wholesale Services
Lutz SchülerMD HanseNet Integration
Robert SimmethMD Service Technology, CIO (effective 1 February 2010)
New positions within the Telefónica Group (effective 1 January 2010)
Carsten WrethCEO Telefónica Global Services, Munich
Antonio BotasDirector Coordinación Internacional Marketing Global, Telefónica S.A., Madrid
Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belongs to Telefónica Europe and is part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business cus-tomers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefónica Europe has nearly 49 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.