Christopher Schlaeffer, born in 1969, is an Austrian manager and entrepreneur in the high-tech and renewable energy industries.
Until 3/2010 he served as Deutsche Telekom´s Chief Product & Innovation Officer and member of the group´s executive operating board. In this role he was instrumental in bringing key innovations like IPTV or the mobile internet to market. He also managed Deutsche Telekom´s Research & Development, the group´s digital business as well as strategic partnerships, for example with Apple for the iPhone or Google to launch the world´s first mobile telephone based on the Android operating system.
From 2002 to 2006 Schlaeffer served as Corporate Development Officer (CDO) in charge of Corporate Strategy, Technology & Innovation, Research& Development, IT, Venture Capital as well as Deutsche Telekom’s Regional Offices in Asia and Europe.
In 2000 he became Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy at Deutsche Telekom.
Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom in 1998 Christopher Schlaeffer worked with Accenture, the global consulting, technology and outsourcing company.
Christopher Schlaeffer holds a master’s degree from the Vienna University of Economics and has been elected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His core theme as young global leader has become shaping the evolution of the information society.