René Obermann, based in Berlin, is Co-Head of the firm’s European activities and Head of Warburg Pincus Deutschland GmbH. Mr. Obermann is a Director of flagship investments including Inmarsat and Chairman of 1&1 Ionos Holding SE. In addition to his work with Warburg Pincus, Mr. Obermann is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Airbus SE, where he previously served as a Non-Executive Board Director. Before that he also served on various company boards including E.ON, Spotify, and Telenor. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 2015, Mr. Obermann was CEO of Ziggo BV in the Netherlands until the merger with Liberty Global’s “UPC” at the end of 2014. Before that, Mr. Obermann was CEO of Deutsche Telekom Group (2006-2013). He joined the Group as Managing Director of T-Mobile Germany in 1998 and was promoted to run its mobile division “T-Mobile International” between 2002 and 2006. Between 2007 and 2013 he also served as Vice President of Bitkom, Germany’s ICT industry association. Mr. Obermann began his career whilst at University in 1986 when he founded a distribution company for telecommunication services and equipment which was acquired by Hutchison Whampoa in 1991. René remained as Managing Partner and served as CEO between 1993 and 1998. Under his leadership the company became one of the first virtual mobile network OPERATORS (MVNO) in Germany.
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