Management

Lutz Schüler

Chief Executive Officer

Lutz Schüler has been CEO of Unitymedia since July 2012.
He has held this position at Unitymedia since January 2011 and played a key role in the acquisition of the german cable operator Kabel BW by Liberty Global and the subsequent integration of both companies. Lutz Schüler has a great track record in the German telecom market, with many years of strategic and operational experience and extensive experience in marketing, sales and operations across a wide range of products. He served in several senior management roles with the Telefónica O2 group from 1998 onwards, lastly leading the integration of Hansenet Telekommunication GmbH as its CEO in Hamburg, when it was acquired by Telefónica O2 in early 2010.
From 2006 to 2010, he was Managing Director, Marketing & Sales for Telefónica O2 in Germany. Before joining Telefónica O2 in 1998, he worked as a product manager with VIAG Interkom GmbH and T-Mobile. Mr. Schüler studied business administration at the University of Augsburg and holds a masters degree in business administration.

Dr. Herbert Leifker

Chief Commercial Officer

Dr. Herbert Leifker has been Managing Director and CCO of Unitymedia. He held his position at Unitymedia following the acquisition of Tele Columbus Group by Unitymedia in 2006. With around 20 years’ cable experience in Germany, Dr. Leifker has a deep understanding of the industry and strong long-term relationships with the housing industry. This has allowed Unitymedia to pioneer new co-operation models such as the “Multimedia-Anschluss” that have now become standard in the housing industry.
Dr. Leifker was previously Managing Director and CEO of Tele Columbus, which he has led for 15 years, growing it from a start-up to Germany’s largest operator of in-home networks. He began his career with an auditing company and in the banking industry, where he held responsibility as a divisional manager of a savings bank. Dr. Leifker studied Law and Business Studies in Münster and Hamburg and holds a doctorate in Law.

Winfried Rapp

Chief Financial Officer

Winfried Rapp has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Unitymedia since October 2013 and as a member of the Management Board leads the entire Finance division. Winfried Rapp comes from SAP, where he spent ten years in various national and international finance functions, most recently as CFO for the Global Service division, and previously as Regional CFO for Western Europe. Born in Ulm, Winfried Rapp previously worked for Deutsche Telekom in Central Group Controlling and at T-Mobile UK. He has many years of experience in IT and telecommunications, and has also gained experience in various finance roles in the automotive/manufacturing industries and in the logistics sector.