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16 October 2011 | Angeline Albert
Volker Pyrtek, CPO at Deutsche Telekom, has been appointed to lead BUYIN, the procurement joint venture between the German firm and France Telecom-Orange which launches on Monday.
The collaborative procurement organisation plans is expected to save the owners of the T-Mobile and Orange brands €1.3 billion (£1.1. billion) a year.
BUYIN will be based in Brussels, with operational units in Paris and Bonn, and will employ around 250 employees mainly drawn from procurement teams at both firms. Pyrtek will be the chief procurement officer of the group.
The two telecoms companies have pooled their purchasing activities in the areas of terminal devices, mobile communications networks and fixed-network equipment and service platforms as part of the venture. The two businesses also intend to launch projects to explore joint purchasing opportunities in other areas.
Edward Kozel, chief technology and innovation officer at Deutsche Telekom, said in a statement: “Volker Pyrtek is a truly entrepreneurial procurement leader who has demonstrated his expertise in the past eight years being responsible for procurement at T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom. I am confident that we will quickly be able to realise the available synergies under his direction."
The organisations said suppliers would benefit from the standardisation of equipment used by both European operators.