Lothar Pauly is a Managing Partner-Europe at Mobility Ventures based in Munich, Germany and responsible for overseeing all aspects of emerging technology company investments in Europe. Lothar brings more than 25 years of senior executive international experience in the wireless telecommunications sector. He possesses an extensive background in telecom finance, mobile networks and consultancy, having worked with some of the world’s leading operators and communication’s companies. Over his illustrious career, Lothar has held several C-level executive positions in Europe and Asia, in the fixed line and mobile network business, including CEO of Siemens Communications and T-Systems, and had also served as an executive board member of Deutsch Telekom.
Early in his career with Siemens, Lothar served as the General Manager for a Joint Ventures of Siemens Telecom Unit in Prague/Warsaw. Recognized for his financial acumen he was appointed CFO of Siemens Telecom in Indonesia and in concert with the CEO grew revenues to 1 billion DM. In the mid-nineties Lothar joined the Siemens Mobile Network team serving initially as CFO and then as CEO. As CEO for Siemens Mobile Networks he turned around the organization from negative EBIT margin into a profitable business, growing the organization to 17,000 employees worldwide with 5 billion € in sales. In 2004 Mr. Pauly was named a Member of the Managing Board of Siemens Mobile Group. Now responsible for both the Mobile Networks and Handset divisions of Siemens Mobile, sales volumes grew to a combined revenue of 9 billion €. Continued responsibility for the network business resulted into a joint venture in China with Huawei Technologies.
In 2005 Lothar was appointed CEO of Siemens Communications where achieved revenues exceeding 17 billion €, with responsibility for 55,000 employees and integrating three different cultures Fixed, Mobile and Enterprise Networks. In 2005 he joined Deutsche Telekom as Executive Board member and CEO of T-Systems. During his tenure at T-systems he grew the business by 25% internationally, completing an acquisition of Gedas (a Volkswagen IT subsidiary), setting up both near and off-shore locations for T-Systems in Slovakia and India resulting in 500 million € of cost savings. Sales volume of the organization reached 12.5 billion € with 55,000 employees worldwide.
Since leaving Deutsche Telekom, Lothar has served as an advisor to SMAC Partners and Goetz Partners and is an active venture capital investor and board member with both start-up and major corporations in China, South Africa, Europe and the U.S. including Mobixell (Israel), Bakcell (Azerbeijan), B2X and Uniscon (Germany), Mobiserve (Egypt), and Neonode (U.S. – Nasdaq: “NEON”). He is also involved with multiple charitable and civic organizations including the Red Cross.
Lothar has a degree in economics from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.