Deutsche Telekom, Europe's largest teleco, has finally created two executive IT positions that are virtually obligatory today in most large companies: chief technology officer (CTO) and chief information officer (CIO).

Anton Hendrik Schaaf, 51, will start work as Deutsche Telekom's first CTO on 16 June. He will be responsible for technology and innovation activities, which are being combined into a new unit, the German company announced this week. The group's research and development operations will also be merged into this new unit.

Schaaf, who joined Siemens in 1987, headed up the electronics company's carrier networks and carrier services unit. He also carried the title of CTO within that group and was a member of Siemens' Communications Board of Management. Schaaf began his career at Philips.

Peter Thomas Sany, 46, will join Deutsche Telekom as CIO on 1 September, will be responsible for information management and processes. Sany is currently CTO and deputy CEO at Avaloq Evolution, a Swiss software company for financial service providers based in Zurich.

Both Schaaf and Sany will report to Christopher Schläffer, corporate development officer (CDO), who is in charge of corporate strategy, technology and innovation, information management and processes and internal consulting. Schläffer reports directly to Deutsche Telekom CEO Kai-Uwe Ricke. The CDO position was created last year.