Dr. Ron Sommer began his professional career with the Nixdorf Group in New York, Paderborn and Paris. In 1980, he was appointed as Managing Director of the German subsidiary of the Sony Group. In 1986, he became Chairman of the Management Board of Sony Deutschland and was subsequently appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Corporation of America in 1990. From May 1995 to July 2002, he served as Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Telekom AG. Currently, he is on the Board of several companies in different countries like MTS OJSC in Russia and Munich Reinsurance in Germany. Dr. Sommer received his PhD degree in Mathematics from the University of Vienna, Austria.