Germany’s Tele Columbus has announced the expansion of its management board from two to four members, with Christian Biechteler (chief sales officer housing industry & infrastructure) and Michael Fränkle (CTO) joining on February 1.
According to Tele Columbus, it is strengthening its focus on technology and the cooperation with the housing industry, thus enabling the company to capitalise on further growth opportunities. The close and cooperative partnership with the housing industry and the consistent expansion of the fibre network and broadband penetration are key tenets of the Fibre Champion Strategy and thus important growth drivers for Tele Columbus.
Christian Biechteler was most recently director of sales at Vodafone and responsible for national key account management in Germany as well as sales in the Berlin/Brandenburg region. Meanwhile, Michael Fränkle was most recently CTO at TDC NET A/S, the largest telecommunications provider in Denmark.
Commenting on their appointments, Marc van’t Noordende, chairman of the supervisory board of Tele Columbus, said: “The gigabit market in Germany is now being built out with fibre. It is the stated ambition of Tele Columbus to be one of the leading fibre network providers in Germany. From our point of view, the management has to be close to the business, especially in the strategically crucial areas, which is why the P&L responsibility needs to lie with the management board. This is what we are achieving with the new structure. We are very pleased that we were able to attract a team of proven industry experts with many years of leadership experience to the now expanded management board of Tele Columbus”.