DEUTSCHE TELEKOM CEO RENE OBERMANN TO STEP DOWN (ENG)

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Bonn, Germany, December 20, 2012 
Deutsche Telekom defining succession early on and securing continuity 
§  Supervisory Board agrees to terminate René Obermann’s employment contract by 
December 31, 2013 
§  CFO Timotheus Höttgesto succeed 
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René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, has requested that the Supervisory 
Board of Deutsche Telekom terminate his employment contract and appointment as 
Chief Executive Officer as of December 31, 2013. The Board agreed to this 
request in today’s meeting. 
Commenting on the timing, Obermann said: “In the last few years we have found 
solutions for our key issues. Deutsche Telekom has the best network, the best 
customer service in the industry and is expanding its customer base with 
innovative products. As an employer, we have given the topic of cultural 
diversity new momentum, which has been recognized and even emulated beyond the 
company. Furthermore, we have driven a shift in the values at the company: 
Today, DT is defined by a culture of fairness and open cooperation. And the 
company also has a solid financial foundation. In short: this is the right time 
to prepare to pass the baton and ensure a smooth transition. I will work 
closely with Tim Höttges on this.” Obermann is also counting on support from 
the company’s employees: “Deutsche Telekom has very good employees who are all 
highly qualified and motivated. Without their commitment, we would not have 
been able to handle the difficult tasks we faced in the last few years. For 
that, I thank them from the bottom of my heart.” 
Obermann is leaving Deutsche Telekom after 16 years, of which he spent seven at 
the head of the company and 11years as a member of the Board of Management to 
move closer to operational activities than would otherwise be possible for the 
CEO of an international corporate group and take on even more entrepreneurial 
activities: “I want to go back to having more time for customers, for product 
development and for technology.” 
Timotheus Höttges will succeed him as CEO as of January 1, 2014: “As far as I 
am concerned, he is the best choice to succeed me. I can not think of anyone 
better suited to continue the developments of the last few years,” said 
Obermann. Höttges has been with Deutsche Telekom since 2000. He was initially 
the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company’s German mobile subsidiary, 
later assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer before becoming the Chief 
Sales and Service Officer of the company’s European mobile operations. In 
December 2006 he moved into the DT Board of Management by taking over 
responsibility for the company’s fixed-line business in Germany. During this 
time, he was able to halt the loss of market share by the company’s DSL 
business, to improve customer service and to simplify and harmonize the 
company’s range of brands. On March 1, 2009, he took over as Chief Financial 
Officer of the Group. In this function, he led every important step to improve 
the company’s portfolio. For instance, the move to place the company’s UK 
mobile business in a joint venture with France Télécom (“Everything 
Everywhere”) or the resolution of the dispute regarding the company’s Polish 
mobile subsidiary. And of course the planned sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T 
which, although not approved by regulators, did lead to the payment of a 
considerable break-up fee to Deutsche Telekom. Overall, Deutsche Telekom stands 
for sound balance sheet ratios. 
Ulrich Lehner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom, deeply 
regrets Obermann’s decision: “I respect his step, even if I would have very 
much preferred to continue our successful cooperation. I would like to thank 
him for wanting to ensure a smooth transition over the course of 2013. It is 
very important to the Supervisory Board to define the succession and transition 
early on, thereby ensuring continuity. As successor, Tim Höttges has the best 
qualifications to continue René Obermann’s achievements. He knows the Group 
better than anyone. In the last few years he played a significant role in 
ensuring that the Group is in good financial standing. I look forward to 
working with him in his new role. Tim Höttges is a recognized entrepreneur and 
has the Supervisory Board’s complete trust.” 
Timotheus Höttges thanked the Supervisory Board for its confidence in him: “I 
look forward to my new role and to ensuring a smooth transition together with 
René Obermann. This succession plan will secure continuity in the transition. 
Being allowed to lead this company in the future is both an honor and a 
responsibility for me. Deutsche Telekom is a great company with great 
employees. Under our leadership, the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom 
made the right decisions and managed properly in the face of very difficult 
market conditions to continue working successfully in the future. Our goal must 
be to successfully implement the transformation strategy we developed together. 
By 2014, we expect to halt the decline in revenues and start growing again. 
Therefore, we will invest heavily primarily in our networks in Germany, but 
also in those in the USA, to secure the future of our company.” 
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About Deutsche Telekom
 Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications 
companies with more than 131 million mobile customers, 33 million fixed-network 
lines and over 17 million broadband lines (as of September 30, 2012). The Group 
provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, 
the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers 
and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and 
has over 230,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 58.7 
billion in the 2011 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany (as 
of December 31, 2011).
 
 
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