Karim El-Khazen

Angestellt, Head of Telco Sales, Apple

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Business Development
Partnership Management
Innovation Management
Program Management
New Product Development
Wireless Communication
Business Solutions
R&D Engineering
Cloud Solutions


Professional experience for Karim El-Khazen

  • Current 8 years and 3 months, since Apr 2016

    Head of Telco Sales

  • 3 years and 5 months, Nov 2012 - Mar 2016

    Vice President Business Development & Innovation

    Deutsche Telekom AG

    Established & managed a global unit with P&L responsibility and end-to-end accountability across partnering, development, marketing and sales focusing on media. Led a multinational team of 15 product development, project mgt, business development, sales and marketing professionals across EU. Developed a portfolio of OTT solutions for broadcasters, enterprises & operators for cloud enabling/content monetization. Acquired major customers across EU, ME and Russia and generated substantial revenues growth.

  • 1 year and 3 months, Aug 2011 - Oct 2012

    Head of Project Development

    Deutsche Telekom AG

    Led a multinational team of product development and project management professionals through scouting, concept evaluation, incubation, realisation and portfolio management. Managed the product innovation and project development processes across International Businesses (IBU), ensuring the delivery of new products and propositions within the “Business Development & Innovation Scouting” (BI) team.

  • 1 year and 9 months, Nov 2009 - Jul 2011

    Senior International Partnership Development Manager

    Deutsche Telekom AG

    Developed and set up a new business function for Deutsche Telekom for selling capabilities and synergy opportunities to other non-competing international telecom operators. Identified and executed strategic partnerships and international projects that created new growth segments for Deutsche Telekom. Structured, negotiated and secured two strategic partnerships with operator partners in Europe.

  • 2 years, Nov 2007 - Oct 2009

    International Program Manager

    T-Mobile International

    Directed cross-functional project & program teams of 30+ managers, designers, developers located in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, UK and Netherlands. Managed Top20 Product Development programs in collaboration with the Product Management and Technology organisations, as well as suppliers in Europe, North America and Asia. Successfully delivered the Mobile IM program in Germany, Czech Republic and UK (4 M€ budget). Received T-Mobile International’s CTO Award for exceptional performance.

  • 1 year and 5 months, Jun 2006 - Oct 2007

    International Project Manager

    T-Mobile International

    Turned around the Mobile IM/Super SMS project (2 M€ budget) that was substantially late to the market, and successfully delivered it to the business in Germany and UK. Supported the program management of several service implementation projects related to the Instant Messaging and managed the technical inter-working activities with Vodafone. Supervised the mobile messaging design team located in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic in a cross-functional initiative related to a Mobile Virtual Network Operator.

  • 4 years and 8 months, Sep 2001 - Apr 2006

    Technical Manager


    Managed collaborative project (17 M€, 55 PY/Y) funded by the European Commission, interfacing on a daily basis with its 28-partner consortium in 10 countries. Defined business opportunities and actively contributed to the strategy identification for reconfigurability for Motorola by liaising with standardisation and regulation bodies. Led the multi-country and multi-partner development of the Monasidre (European project) telecommunications platform, and contributed to its conception and design.

  • 8 months, May 2000 - Dec 2000

    System Engineer

    Ericsson Radio Systems AB

    Simulated the behaviour of an IP-based radio access network for a cellular mobile phone system. Developed a simulation tool for the dimensioning and the network performance study. Attended technical seminars and courses on Bluetooth, EDGE, UMTS, GPRS, and IP.

  • 2 years and 7 months, Jun 1998 - Dec 2000

    Web Developper

    Thomson Broadcast Systems

    Created the corporate website of the company (3-month), and maintained it regularly for 2+ years. Conducted the project lifecycle from specifications to delivery, and organized its development.

  • 3 months, Jun 1999 - Aug 1999

    Engineering Intern


    Analyzed GSM protocols at A/Abis interfaces, and developed procedures for the analysis and its post-processing. Gained knowledge of GSM standard as well as database development and management.

Educational background for Karim El-Khazen

  • 2008 - 2010

    General Management

    Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

    Joint Executive MBA offered by Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (USA) and the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany).

  • 2000 - 2001

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • 1997 - 2000

    Networks and Telecommunications

    Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Electronique et de ses Applications (ENSEA)


  • English


  • French

    First language

  • Arabic

    First language

  • German


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