Management and supervision

As of December 31, 2017, Board of Management responsibilities were distributed across eight Board departments. Five of these are the central management areas:

  • Chairman of the Board of Management

and the Board departments

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Data Privacy, Legal Affairs and Compliance
  • Technology and Innovation

In addition, there are three segment-based Board departments:

  • Germany
  • Europe
  • T-Systems.

Changes in the composition of the Board of Management. At its meeting on June 30, 2016, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG resolved to extend the Group Board of Management by setting up a new Board department Technology and Innovation. The new department is headed by Claudia Nemat effective January 1, 2017, who was previously responsible for the Europe and Technology department. At its meeting on June 30, 2016, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG also appointed Srini Gopalan as the new Board member responsible for Europe effective January 1, 2017.

In a resolution reached on July 18, 2017, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG complied with the request of Niek Jan van Damme, the Board of Management member responsible for Germany at Deutsche Telekom AG, to terminate his appointment as a Board member effective midnight, December 31, 2017. At its meeting on July 18, 2017, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG also appointed Dr. Dirk Wössner as the new Board member responsible for Germany effective January 1, 2018.

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG resolved in its meeting on September 13, 2017, in agreement with Reinhard Clemens, the Board of Management member responsible for T-Systems at Deutsche Telekom AG, to terminate his appointment as a Board member effective midnight, December 31, 2017. At its meeting on September 13, 2017, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG also appointed Adel Al-Saleh as the new Board member responsible for T-Systems effective January 1, 2018.

Dr. Thomas Kremer was reappointed as member of the Board of Management responsible for Data Privacy, Legal Affairs and Compliance effective June 1, 2017 as per a resolution of August 30, 2016. Dr. Christian P. Illek was reappointed as member of the Board of Management responsible for Human Resources effective April 1, 2018 as per a resolution of May 30, 2017.

Changes in the composition of the Supervisory Board (shareholders’ representatives). The shareholders’ meeting on May 31, 2017 elected Dagmar P. Kollmann to the Supervisory Board for another term of office. Dr. Wulf H. Bernotat died on August 27, 2017. He had been a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG since January 1, 2010. Marget Suckale was court-appointed to the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG effective September 28, 2017.

Changes in the composition of the Supervisory Board (employees’ representatives). Sylvia Hauke resigned from her position as a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG effective midnight, June 30, 2017. Karin Topel was court-appointed to the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG effective July 1, 2017. Hans-Jürgen Kallmeier resigned from his position as a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG effective midnight, December 31, 2017. Odysseus Chatzidis was court-appointed to the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG effective January 3, 2018.

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG advises the Board of Management and oversees its management of business. It is composed of 20 members: Ten represent the shareholders and ten the employees. For details on the activities of the Supervisory Board in the reporting year, please refer to the Supervisory Board's report.

The members of the Board of Management are appointed and discharged in accordance with § 84 and § 85 of the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz – AktG) and § 31 of the German Codetermination Act (Mitbestimmungsgesetz – MitbestG).

Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation are made pursuant to § 179 and § 133 AktG and § 18 and § 21 of the Articles of Incorporation. According to § 21 of the Articles of Incorporation, the Supervisory Board is authorized, without a resolution by the shareholders’ meeting, to adjust the Articles of Incorporation to comply with new legal provisions that become binding for the Company and to amend the wording of the Articles of Incorporation.

Composition of the Board of Management
   
Members of the Board of Management Department
Timotheus Höttges Chairman of the Board of Management (CEO)
Reinhard Clemens (until Dec. 31, 2017)
Adel Al-Saleh (from Jan. 1, 2018)
T-Systems
Niek Jan van Damme (until Dec. 31, 2017)
Dr. Dirk Wössner (from Jan. 1, 2018)
Germany
Thomas Dannenfeldt Finance (CFO)
Srini Gopalan Europe
Dr. Christian P. Illek Human Resources
Dr. Thomas Kremer Data Privacy, Legal Affairs and Compliance
Claudia Nemat Technology and Innovation

The compensation system for our Board of Management is oriented towards the long-term performance of our Group. Since 2013, the compensation for our Supervisory Board has no longer included any long-term remuneration components. The recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code are complied with. 8 For a description of the compensation systems for the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board, please refer to the section “Other disclosures.”