Deutsche Telekom’s chief operating officer Hamid Akhavan is leaving the company to take over at Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEN). Akhavan becomes SEN’s third manager in 18 months, replacing current CEO Mark Stone.
Akhavan joined Deutsche Telekom in 2001 as head of technology at its wireless unit T-Mobile. Earlier this year he moved to the position of COO following a reorganisation of the group, making him second in command behind chief executive Rene Obermann.
He is credited with turning T-Mobile into an innovative and modern business amid slowing growth at the wireless unit in Europe and increasing competition in the United States.
In 2007 he negotiated an exclusive deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Germany and last September ensured T-Mobile USA was the first operator to offer a mobile that runs the Android operating platform.