Nikolai Beckers was appointed CEO of Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania, beginning April 1, a move that may enforce greater control from the German group Deutsche Telekom over operations in Romania.
While Romtelecom and Cosmote are part of Greek group OTE (which has a 54 percent stake in Romtelecom, the remaining stake belonging to the Romanian state), Deutsche Telekom is a shareholder in OTE.
Beckers, who worked on various positions in Deutsche Telekom, was T-Systems France CEO as of September 2011. He has experience in telecommunications, IT&C, internet and social media.
Beckers began his career in 1989 at Deutsche Bank and has held a number of management positions as president and CEO of Deutsche Telekom France, managing director of Deutsche Telekom Philippines, financial director at T-Online France. He was also CEO of Deutsche Telekom’s subsidiary in FYROM (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).
He holds an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Köln, Germany.
Michael Tsamaz, OTE group chairman and CEO and chairman of Romtelecom board of directors said: ”With a long and successful track record within Deutsche Telekom Group, Nikolai Beckers comes to Romania, bringing valuable experience from international markets. I am confident that he will contribute to the positive course and further progress of our operations in Romania, a significant market for the Group, at the same pace.”
Stefanos Theocharopoulos, who was for 5 years head of OTE’s Romanian operations will assume a new position within OTE Group as group chief technology & operations officer, for both fixed & mobile telephony. He will be based in Greece and will be responsible for a team of over 6,000 employees.
Theocharopoulos has been CEO of Cosmote Romania since January 2008 and CEO of Romtelecom as of July 2011. He joined OTE Group in 2002. He has held the position of OTE Globe business development executive director, OTE Investment Services executive technology director, as well as BoD member in a number of OTE Group companies.
He holds a BEng in electronic engineering from Sussex University as well as a M.Sc. in mobile & satellite communications from the University of Westminster.
Tsamaz stated: “Stefanos’ contribution in the rapid growth of Cosmote Romania and Romtelecom’s turn-around towards a modern and profitable organization has been pivotal. Equally significant will be his new role in OTE Group’s transformation process, with focus on maximizing network operations efficiency and optimizing customer services quality”.