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  • Executive Board
The Executive Board of freenet AG

The Executive Board of freenet AG currently has three members. The chairperson as of 1 May 2009 is Christoph Vilanek (CEO).


Christoph Vilanek

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

After studying business administration at the Leopold-Franzen University in Innsbruck (Austria), Christoph Vilanek began his professional career with the publishing house Time-Life International. Before becoming managing director of the online fashion business boo.com, he worked in various positions within the mail-order business. In 2001, the native Austrian switched to the management consultancy McKinsey, where his focus was on the field of telecommunication in Germany and Eastern Europe. In 2004, he became joint managing director of iPublish, a subsidiary of the Ganske publishing group in Hamburg.

Before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of freenet AG, Vilanek held various positions from 2005 until 2009 within the area of customer communication, customer development, customer service and customer retention at debitel AG in Stuttgart.

Vilanek is married with two children.

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Joachim Preisig

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Person in charge of ESG issues

After completing a commercial apprenticeship and officer training in the Swiss Armed Forces, Joachim Preisig studied business administration at the School of Economics and Business Administration in Zurich.

Joachim Preisig has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of freenet AG since 1 October 2010. Prior to this, he was Chief Operations & Integration Officer of freenet AG from September 2008 and CFO of debitel AG from November 2006. Before joining debitel AG, Preisig spent four years with Deutsche Telekom AG, first as CFO at T-Mobile, then as Head of Central Group Controlling.

Prior to this, Joachim Preisig served as CFO with the German subsidiary of the network operator O2 for five years. Earlier positions in his career included jobs as Head of Finance for a high-tech company in the business-to-business and logistics sector as well as for a consumer goods manufacturer, and as a consultant for international clients at Price Waterhouse.

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Stephan Esch

Chief Technical Officer (CTO)

Stephan Esch studied business informatics at the University of Göttingen. Following positions as key account manager, assistant to the management and independent consultant, he spent one year as managing director of AIS Axon Internet Services GmbH, Göttingen, the legal predecessor of freenet.de AG.

Since the conversion of AIS Axon Internet Services GmbH into freenet.de AG, Hamburg, Stephan Esch was first head of navigation services, head of portal technology and head of IT with freenet.de AG before being appointed to freenet.de AG’s Executive Board.

Stephan Esch had been Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of freenet.de AG, Hamburg, since 2 November 2004, and since 9 November 2005 also CTO of mobilcom AG, Büdelsdorf. With completion of the merger of freenet.de AG and mobilcom AG into freenet AG in March 2007, Stephan Esch became CTO of the new company.

The native Canadian is married with two children.

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Additional information


Additional information on the duties and the functioning of the Executive Board can be found in the corporate management statement.

Corporate management statement

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