Kobus Smit, Head of Voice & Messaging, Deutsche Telekom
Kobus Smit is chair of the cross-operator initiative “RCE”, establishing the rich communications ecosystem and driving the market introduction of rich communications services. In his ´day job´ at Deutsche Telekom, Kobus heads the Product Management department responsible for Voice and Messaging services, which entails maintaining DT’s core communication products and delivering innovations to the national companies in the DT group. Before joining DT, Kobus was spreading ‘mobile freedom’ as CMO of Nimbuzz overseeing its emergence as one of the world’s fastest growing providers of mobile chat, messaging and VoIP calling. Earlier in his career, he headed up Farcast (a mobile start-up) and he led Product Marketing for a major Dutch energy provider. He has also held a number of positions in management- and strategy consulting ranging from large firms like KPMG Consulting to independent consulting. Kobus holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management and degrees in Industrial Engineering. He has lived and worked in South Africa, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and has recently settled in Germany.