INTERNATIONAL: German telecom firm loses head of communications

BONN: German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom is losing its global communciations head Jurgen Kindervater after nearly 13 years with the firm.

Kindervater is retiring from the group at the end of the year to work as a freelance PR consultant.

It is not known whether Kindervater will be replaced.

A Deutsche Telekom sp-okesman said the appointment this week of its new CEO Kai-Uwe Ricke will see a review of the company's strategy, including communications.

He added that the review will look at the global communications role and whether a direct successor is needed.

Kindervater has headed press relations, corporate identity and advertising for the group since 1991.

V-P of corporate communications Ulrich Lissek continues to lead global corporate communications.

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