Feeds

Swisscom chief dead in apparent suicide

Company appoints interim CEO

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Swisscom has appointed an interim CEO, after announcing that 49-year-old Carsten Schloter was found dead in his flat in Fribourg on July 23.

While a police investigation is ongoing, police has describing his death as “an apparent suicide”, according to Reuters.

Urs Schaeppi has been appointed interim CEO.

Prior to joining Swisscom in 2000, Schloter had worked for Mercedes and Debitel. He rose to CEO at Swisscom in 2006. One of his earliest decisions was to acquire Italy's Fastweb broadband network in 2007.

While credited with turning the company into Switzerland's leading telco, Schloter was facing challenges on two fronts. Smartphones have begun eating into the company's revenues (as they are in many markets), while the country's competition regulator WEKO announced last week that it would conduct an investigation into anti-competitive conduct by Swisscom.

In an interview Swiss publication Schweiz am Sonntag in May, Schloter had spoken of the stress induced by an “always on” culture, reports The Independent. He had also referred to the stress resulting from his divorce in 2009 which reduced contact with his children to fortnightly visits. ®

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley
'People have been brainwashed to believe that their world will be changed forever if they get FTTP'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.