Wolfram Schmidt

Wolfram Schmidt

Work History

Work History
Mar 2008 - Present

CEO

switchplus ag

Internet Service Provider, 100% subsidiary of SWITCH foundation

  • Build up and management  of the company inSwitzerland
  • Development and implementation of the marketing and sales strategy for new products

Special achievements:

  • Successful launch in the Swiss market against fierce competition
Jan 2006 - Jan 2008

CEO Betty TV Group

Swisscom AG

Media company in interactive TV, 100 % subsidiary of Swisscom

  • Build up and management  of the company group with over 100 employees in Germany and Switzerland
  • Development and implementation of the marketing and sales strategy for the new product with acquisition of 100'000 customers within 6 months
  • Set-up of co-operations with Pay-TV and sweepstake providers, cable operators, multimedia retailers as well as reputable advertiser

Special achievements:

  • Successful launch of first marketable product in interactive television
  • Acquisition results: enlist RTL, ProSiebenSat1. Group and Schweizer Fernsehen for a long term engagement in Betty TV
Sep 2003 - Dec 2005

Head of New Business Development

Swisscom AG

Swisscom Fixnet AG, Telecommunication Company with ca. 7’000 employees

  • Management of ca. 50 employees in various projects
  • Derivation of new business areas for Swisscom and identification and assessment of new business ideas
  • Implementation of business ideas approved by the executive board

Special achievements:

  • Successful launch of the e-payment and billing solution ClickandBuy and of the product “Bluewin TV 300” (hard disk recorder with EPG)
  • Development and implementation of the interactive TV platform Betty TV and conduct of negotiations for the acquisition of Betty TV Holding AG
Jul 2001 - Apr 2003

Business Unit Manager Innovisions / Group Vice President

http://www.abb.com

ABB New Ventures Ltd., Investment fond with US$ 500 Mio. assets under management and focus on venture capital investments; ca. 2'000 employees worldwide

  • Management of an international team of 20 employees
  • Set-up and management of business incubator “Innovisions”in seven countries with generation of over 300 new business ideas
  • Member of the New Ventures executive board and investment committee

Special achievements:

  • Successful build up of six Start-up companies with business supervision through the CEOs of these companies
  • Managing the spin-off and MBO of ABB non-core business
Jan 1999 - Jun 2001

Division eBusiness Manager & Business Area IT-Manager / Vice President

http://www.abb.com

ABB Financial Services Ltd., Financial services for ABB companies, ca. 1'200 employees worldwide

  • Development of eBusiness solutions with introduction at customer’s (group-wide netting system, electronic trading application, treasury portal)
  • Generation of Internet-based new business; leading the due diligence for venture capital investments
  • Development and implementation of a high available, cost efficient platform for the treasury business on a world scale
Jun 1996 - Dec 1998

Global IT-Coordinator & IT Manager / Vice President

http://www.abb.com

ABB Capital B.V., Global service provider of the ABB group for treasury and finance; ca. 60 employees

  • Management of IT department with 12 IT-specialists
  • Responsible for infrastructure, network, business critical systems, finance applications and supply management
  • Coordination of IT-activities on a global level
Jan 1993 - Feb 1996

Assistant to Executive Vice President Finance & IT Manager

Headquarter of ABB Germany

  • Active cooperation in preparing the year-end closings and IT strategy of ABB AG in Germany
  • Introduction of the treasury management system „Finance Kit“ and the accounting system “SAP R/3”

Education

Education
Oct 1987 - Dec 1992

Master

University of Mannheim

major fields of study: Finance, International Business Management, Computer Science, Information Technology

Objective

Building up new companies in the IT and technology sector

Solving strategically difficult tasks

Developping market entry strategies

Summary

Leadership Experience:

Long term successful leadership experience on senior management level, i.a. as CEO in a leading telecommunication group and as business unit manager in a global technology group, in each case with full budget and profit & loss responsibility. Perennial experience as head of IT departments and global IT coordinator. Over 10 years track record as manager of complex technology-based projects in the area of product development, business development, IT, business critical applications and eBusiness solutions. Proven achievements in the build up and management of start-up companies. Leadership experience at home and abroad both in line functions and as manager of multi cultural teams. Experienced in quality and innovation management as well as in international cooperation management.

Expertise:

Experienced business economist, computer scientist and manager with admitted expertise in all divisions. Deepened know-how in global treasury management and venture capital. Skills on expert level in information technology: over 10 years experience with several operating systems, databases and programming languages. Substantiated industry knowledge in IT, software, telecommunications, automation and power technologies, financial services and electronic media. Excellent knowledge of the international markets in these industries.

Business Strategy:

Long term expertise in the formulation and implementation of business strategies, especially in product and market development and IT strategies. Experiences in the cooperation with executive boards and board of directors.

Certifications

Certifications
Jan 2001 - Dec 2001

Profit Center Management Program

ABB Academy, Zurich
Jan 1998 - Dec 1998

Financial Services Management seminars

International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne
Jan 1995 - Dec 1995

International Business Unit Program

ABB Academy, Zurich
Jul 1994 - Jul 1994

DGQ license seminar „quality management systems“

German society for quality (DGQ), Frankfurt a.M.