René Schmitz is an industry veteran with diverse experience, having spent the past 17 years at Vodafone, and the last 18 months as VP of IoT Technology leading the IoT Americas technology team. In this role, he manages Vodafone’s strategic technology relationships in Silicon Valley, IoT product development and delivery, and all IoT Technology-related activities for the Americas. His team drives digital transformation and solves customer problems by using rapid prototyping, for example.
René combines experience in working in large enterprises and start-up environments, and for more than 2 years, he has represented Vodafone Ventures on the Board of Directors in several Vodafone-invested start-ups.
Prior to joining the dynamic and exciting world of IoT, he designed and managed the delivery of Vodafone’s US Virtual Mobile Network from incubation to production readiness in only nine months by managing approximately 45 global technology partnerships together with his colleagues.
Before living in the US, he spent many years in the Vodafone Group Consumer services team leading large outsourcing/offshoring transformation activities, and developed and delivered consumer services for Vodafone’s 27 markets and its Partner markets. René started his Vodafone career at Vodafone Germany where he was responsible for international roaming and billing.
René is a native German and holds a degree in economics, business management and information technologies from the FOM University in Germany.