In February 2015 René Obermann joined Warburg Pincus, a leading private equity firm, as a Managing Director and Partner. Subsequent to investments made by Warburg Pincus, he assumed roles as Chairman of the Board at 1&1 Internet Holding SE and Non-Executive Director of inexio KGaA. Furthermore, he serves on the boards of Allianz Deutschland AG, Telenor ASA, and as a member of the Editorial Board of DIE ZEIT.
René worked as CEO of Ziggo BV in The Netherlands in 2014 until the merger with LibertyGlobal’s UPC in November. Prior to Ziggo, René worked at Deutsche Telekom Group (DT) from 1998 until 2013. After running DT’s mobile division (T-Mobile International), he was appointed as CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG in November 2006, where he remained until December 2013.
René began his career with a business traineeship at BMW AG in Munich. Next, he founded his own business in Münster in 1986: ABC Telekom, a company distributing telecommunication equipment and providing technical services. After the acquisition of ABC Telekom by Hutchison Whampoa in 1991, René became Managing Partner of the resulting company: Hutchison Mobilfunk GmbH. Between 1993 and 1998, he was CEO of that company.
From 2007-2013, Rene also served as Vice President of the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM).