Jens Schulte-Bockum

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Jens Schulte-Bockum
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Born1966 (age 57–58)
Known forFormer head of Vodafone Germany

Jens Schulte-Bockum (born November 20, 1966 in Bottrop) is a German manager. He is the former CEO of the German branch of Vodafone and since 2017 he has been Group COO of South African telecom multi-national MTN Group, Johannesburg.[1]


Schulte-Bockum was born in Kirchhellen in Ruhr in 1966. He studied Liberal Arts at Emory University in Atlanta, United States, and economics in Kiel, Germany, and completed his master's degree in economics at the University of Chicago in 1993.[2] He was a research assistant at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy from 1989 to 1992.[3]

From 1993, Schulte-Bockum worked for the management consultancy McKinsey & Company, heading its Hamburg office from 2000.[4] In 2003, he moved on to Vodafone,[5] where he was initially global head of strategy at the United Kingdom.[2] He then oversaw their devices division from 2005.[3][6] From 2008 to 2012, he was the CEO of Vodafone Netherlands, and in 2012 he was appointed COO and then CEO of Vodafone Germany.[7] In this position, Schulte-Bockum had to introduce cost-cutting measures to withstand increased competition. Furthermore, he drove the expansion of the LTE (telecommunication).[8] In his time at Vodafone he oversaw the acquisition of MDAX-listed Vodafone Kabel Deutschland Holding AG, for which he became chairman of the supervisory board.[3][9]

In 2015, Vodafone announced that Schulte-Bockum had stepped down.[10] Since 2017, Schulte-Bockum has been Group COO of South Africa telecommunications company MTN Group.[1] He has served on the supervisory board of Lagos-listed MTN Nigeria Plc since 2017.[11]

Schulte-Bockum was a member of the presidium of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie from 2012 to 2015.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Alvares de Souza Soares, Philipp (2018-01-18). "Jens Schulte-Bockum?". Manager Magazin (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Friedrich Joussen bereit für neue Aufgaben bei Vodafone", in: Börsen-Zeitung, 15 March 2012, retrieved 14 February 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Jens Schulte-Bockum". Munzinger Biographie. Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  4. Maike Telgheder: "Das Ei aus Gold - Netz-Händler, die auf Verbraucher zielen, sind Prügelknaben der Neuen Wirtschaft - und geben nicht auf.", in: Handelsblatt, 14 March, 2001, retrieved 14 February 2023.
  5. Gert Zitzelsberger: "Huawei mischt Handy-Markt auf", in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 27 February 2006, p. 22, retrieved 14 February 2023.
  6. Reinhard Kowalewsky: "Vodafone-Chef Joussen geht", in: Rheinische Post No. 64, 15 March 2012, retrieved 14 February 2023.
  7. Berke, Jürgen. "Friedrich Joussen: Chefwechsel an der Spitze von Vodafone". Wirtschaftswoche (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  8. Varinia Bernau: "Nur keine Aufregung", in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 31 August 2012, retrieved 13 January 2023.
  9. Reinhard Kowalewsky: "Vodafone sagt in Deutschland alle Weihnachtsfeiern ab", in: Bergische Morgenpost, 12 November 2013, retrieved 14 February 2023.
  10. Ina Karabasz, Carsten Herz: "Rücktritt bei Vodafone: Immer Ärger mit London", in: Handelsblatt, 20 May 2015, retrieved 14 February 2023.
  11. "MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  12. "Dirks zum BDI-Vize gewählt | Börsen-Zeitung". Börsen-Zeitung (in Deutsch). 2015-12-01. Retrieved 2023-02-14.

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