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Dr. Rainer Deutschmann

Group Chief Operating Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC

Rainer Deutschmann

As Dialog's Group Chief Operating Officer, Rainer leads the Group's Businesses as well as  Corporate Planning, M&A, and Corporate Strategy. Dialog is Sri Lanka’s largest and fastest growing fixed, mobile, pay TV and digital services provider and an innovation engine in Axiata, a leading telecommunications group in Asia. Rainer has over 20 years of in-depth experience in Telecommunications, Digital and IT Services, Media and Entertainment, e-Commerce, Digital Marketing and Corporate Strategy in mature and emerging markets, across start-ups and multi-nationals.

Prior to joining Dialog, Rainer served as the Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Reliance Jio in India and was directly responsible for setting up Jio's business units and for leading the commercial launch program to acquire the initial 100 million customers in 170 days. Preceding Reliance Jio, he was the Senior Vice President Core Telco Products at Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany, building and leading Deutsche Telekom's core product portfolio across 14 European markets, serving 90 million customers and 30 million households. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Deutsche Telekom UK Ltd, as Senior Vice President Mobile Products, Deutsche Telekom AG, as Senior Vice President Mobile Internet, T-Mobile International AG, and as Vice President Strategy Development, Deutsche Telekom AG. During his 5 years at McKinsey & Company, he served high-tech and telco clients across Europe.

Rainer is an advisor and investor in digital telco, fintech, adtech and analytics companies, and serves as Non-Executive Director at rain, South Africa’s first digital mobile network operator. He holds a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics from the University of Technology Munich, and worked as a computation and neuroscience researcher at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) / USA.