Milan Vašina (1969), currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of T-Mobile Czech Republic TMCZ) and Slovak Telekom (ST), decided to leave the Deutsche Telekom Group (DT) and asked the Board of Directors to release him from the role of CEO effective October 1st,, 2018. On the same date. Jose Perdomo Lorenzo (1971) will follow him as the CEO of T-Mobile TMCZ and Slovak Telekom ST, having become a member of the TMCZ and ST Board of Directors on July 1, 2018. He will use the interim period for onboarding before he will fully take over Milan’s responsibilities as CEO.
„The last 21 years were extremely interesting but now I feel it´s time to make a fundamental change and convey an imaginary relay pin further,” Vašina comments his decision, adding: „I am grateful I was a part of the development of such an important and dynamic branch and took an active role in introducing brand new things“.
Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, says: "It is always hard to say goodbye to someone you have worked with for more than 20 years, especially someone as exceptional as Milan. He has been a very big part of building our CZ and SK businesses into a market leading converged operator. Milan has stood out not only because of his commercial acumen but especially because of his values and leadership of people. I wish him luck with the next step of his career."
Srini Gopalan, Deutsche Telekom Board member for Europe: "Milan has been central to driving the very successful integration of CZ and SK. Even though I have only worked with him for 18 months, I have personally benefited from his clarity of thought and inspirational leadership. I wish him all the best for his future career. “He adds: „I would like to welcome Jose to our organization. Jose is a truly international manager with width of experience across industries and depth of telco expertise. He has spent the last 4 years driving the very successful turnaround of Tigo Paraguay as CEO. Jose will drive forward our strategy based on Convergence, Digitization and Growth Mindset in our integrated CZ and SK business. I am looking forward to working with him. “
“I am very excited to join the DT Group, an industry leader and trend setter in the very dynamic telecom sector,” says Jose Perdomo Lorenzo on his new role. “I have always admired the brand, the strategy and the performance of DT´s branches in the Czech and Slovak markets. I will focus my efforts to support the company in achieving further sustainable growth and transformation.”
Milan Vašina started his career in Paegas, later T-Mobile, in 1997 in the Czech Republic. In 2002, he joined T-Mobile Slovakia as Marketing Director and in 2007 became CEO. In 2011 returned back to T-Mobile Czech Republic as CEO and in 2016 got responsibility for joint operation of T-Mobile CZ and Slovak Telekom.
In both companies, Milan Vašina focused on establishing culture based of collaboration, accountability and leadership. TMCZ and ST contribute significantly to innovation (via e.g. introductions of smart car - CZ, smart home - SK, VoLTE, VoWIFI, or active participation in 5G testing). Both companies have consistently great financial results and via cooperation between CZ and SK realized significant business synergies. Under Vašina´s leadership, T-Mobile CZ became clear leader in mobile market, with acquisition of T-System and GTS started successful journey to integrated operator.
Jose Perdomo Lorenzo is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience and a profound telco and commercial background. He graduated as an aeronautical engineer in Madrid, Spain, and worked in the Boeing Company in the US until year 2000. He returned to Spain and joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant where he focused in the telco industry across Europe. In 2006, he moved to Telefónica Spain and in 2008 was appointed Vice President of the Consumer Division at Telefónica O2 in the Czech Republic, the test market for FMC in the Telefónica Group. Finally, he worked until 2013 in Telefonica Digital, the global unit in charge on new digital services. In 2014, he joined the Millicom Group (a telco with around $6bn revenue, with more than 18,000 employees) and took over his most recent position as country CEO of Tigo in Paraguay, in charge of the local leading convergent telecommunications operator.