• Obermann and Swantee join up at Warburg Pincus.
  • TMUS 5G SVP leaves for Dish.

Deutsche Telekom alumni movements, June 2020

Deutsche Telekom alumni movements, June 2020

Source: Mobile World Live

 Source: Dish Network; DT; various.

Dish Network

Dave Mayo


Dave Mayo, former SVP of 5G & IoT at TMUS, joined emerging rival Dish Network as Executive VP, Network Deployment, as the broadband and TV provider seeks to move into the mobile market using assets acquired from TMUS as part of the Sprint merger concessions.


Nick Drake


Google VP of Global Marketing, and former TMUS CMO Nick Drake, was appointed to video analysis and sports scouting software provider Hudl’s Board of Directors.


Sari Baldauf


Sari Baldauf, a Supervisory Board member at DT between 2013 and 2018, was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors at Nokia. She has been on the vendor’s Board since 2018, and was a long-time senior executive before leaving in 2005.

Warburg Pincus

Olaf Swantee


René Obermann, former DT Chief Executive (CEO), was appointed co‑head of private equity firm Warburg Pincus’s European business, alongside Warburg’s Adarsh Sarma. They join former EE CEO Olaf Swantee, who joined the firm as a Strategic Advisor in May 2020 (Vodafonewatch, #187).

Swantee is currently CEO of Swiss telco Sunrise Communications but is due to officially leave the operator at the end of July 2020, and told NZZ am Sonntag that he had started to “support Warburg Pincus for three to four days a week with their telecoms projects in Europe”. Obermann was one of Swantee’s bosses when he was at EE, and the mobile operator was still an Orange–DT joint venture (Deutsche Telekomwatch, passim). The DT connection continued after Swantee left EE in 2016, with a spell on the Board of Directors at TMUS.

Though now not part of the executive team at any telco player, Obermann was CEO at Ziggo before joining Warburg. He dropped his Non‑Exec role at Norwegian operator Telenor in mid‑2019 but remains Chairman of hosting provider 1&1 IONOS and sits on the Board of Inmarsat (both of which are Warburg interests). He is now primarily occupied as Chairman of Airbus.

Rene Obermann