René Obermann

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Airbus SE and Managing Director of Warburg Pincus Deutschland GmbH

René Obermann, German

René Obermann is Co-Head of Europe and Managing Director of Warburg Pincus Deutschland GmbH, a leading global private equity firm that he joined in 2015. In addition, he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board at 1&1 IONOS Holding SE, a leading European web hosting and cloud provider, and a Member of the Board of Directors at Inmarsat, a satellite network provider. René Obermann also served as a member of the Board of various companies including Allianz Deutschland AG, Spotify and Telenor.

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 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, René also served as Vice President of the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM).

Current mandates:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Airbus SE
  • Co-Head of Europe, Managing Director and Head of Warburg Pincus Deutschland GmbH          
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of 1&1 IONOS Holding SE
  • Non-Executive Director of Inmarsat

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