VIENNA, April 4 Telekom Austria named
Optus Networks managing director Guenther Ottendorfer as the
new, third member of its executive board on Thursday.
Ottendorfer, a veteran of Deutsche Telekom's
T-Mobile before joining Optus, will join Telekom Austria as
chief technical officer in the coming months.
"The exact date will depend on the termination of his
current contract," Telekom Austria said in a statement on
Ottendorfer has been appointed for a three-year term with
the option to extend it by another two years.
Telekom Austria is preparing for a radio spectrum auction
later this year that will enable it to offer superfast LTE
services that are critical to its future commercial success.
The head of the company's supervisory board said in December
it wanted to add a technical chief to its top management board
to work alongside Chief Executive Hannes Ametsreiter and Chief
Financial Officer Hans Tschuden.
Ottendorfer, an Austrian, helped T-Mobile acquire spectrum
and plan for LTE before joining Optus, Austria's second-biggest
telecoms operator, which is a unit of Singapore
"With today's appointment of Guenther Ottendorfer, the
Supervisory Board has succeeded in recruiting a top manager with
extensive international experience in the areas of technology,
convergence, IT and operations as well as an excellent overall
track record," Chairman Rudolf Kemler was quoted in the
statement as saying.
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan)