New subsidiary A1 digital launched with a high-calibre team led by CEO Elisabetta Castiglioni

Vienna, 14 February 2017

The new Telekom Austria Group company "A1 digital international GmbH" presented today is starting business with a team of top experts. Digitalisation is all about finding new and more efficient forms of cooperation, be it within a company or with partners and customers.

This not only requires the right technology, it also takes the right people. The leadership team at A1 digital ensures that customer and partners have comprehensive know-how, high-quality products and the best digital services at their disposal.

The A1 digital Leadership Team

The leadership team at A1 digital was carefully selected and is distinguished by many years of international experience in the software and services business. The CEO of the new company, Elisabetta Castiglioni, can rely on a team that boasts a mix of new recruits and experienced managers from within the Group.

Dr. Elisabetta Castiglioni, CEO

Elisabetta Castiglioni is heading up the new subsidiary as CEO of A1 digital. She brings many years of leadership experience from various international senior management positions in the technology, media and telco industries. As the CEO of Global Media Business at Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Castiglioni grew a successful global business serving top tier media and entertainment clients worldwide. At MCI – now Verizon Business - she was EMEA Director of Product Marketing, launching cutting-edge Data Communications solutions for the corporate market. She also oversaw the rollout of MCI's network expansion in Europe and Asia-Pacific. An Italian national, she studied business administration at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and graduated summa cum laude from the Technical University of Munich. Her international career has taken her to Germany, the United Kingdom and Austria where she has served as a Supervisory Board member of the Telekom Austria Group from 2013 to 2016.

Roland Haidner, Senior Finance Director

Roland Haidner has been appointed Senior Finance Director at A1 digital. He has been Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at the Telekom Austria Group since 2012. Haidner graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business where he focused on controlling, strategy and the CEE region. Most recently, Roland Haidner was a member of the management board at two of the Telekom Austria Group's foreign subsidiaries, Mobiltel in Bulgaria and Vip mobile in the Republic of Serbia.

Francis Cepero, Director Vertical Market Solutions

Francis Cepero has been appointed to the position of Director of Vertical Market Solutions at A1 digital. He has more than 20 years of experience in Business Software and Vertical Market Solutions. Before joining Telekom Austria Group, Cepero was head of Innovation & Technology in the verticals Media, Sport and Entertainment at SAP SE. Cepero graduated from university with a Master's degree in physics and international marketing and went on to complete several post-graduate programmes at Columbia University, INSEAD and MIT.

Dr. Nicolai Czink, Director Strategy and New Markets

Nicolai Czink holds the position of Director Strategy and New Markets in Castiglioni's team. Czink obtained his doctorate from the Vienna University of Technology in electrical engineering and communications in 2007. After research fellowships in Vienna and at Stanford University, Czink joined McKinsey & Company in Vienna in 2011 as Associate Partner and led various projects in the area of Digital Strategy & Implementation, High-Tech/Telco/Cloud Innovation.

Ralf Lellig, Director Market and Business Development

Ralf Lellig has been working extremely successfully in the International Sales department of Telekom Austria Group since 2015 and has now been appointed to the position of Director Market and Business Development at A1 digital. Lellig has more than 20 years of international experience in managerial and expert roles in the ICT area of global enterprises. Before joining Telekom Austria he held several positions at IBM where he was responsible for Data Centre Services/Cloud, Outsourcing and Safety & Security.

Mathias Nöbauer, Director Cloud Services

Mathias Nöbauer is taking up the position of Director Cloud Services. Nöbauer obtained his Msc in Software Engineering from the University of Brighton and his MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Vienna University of Economics and Business. He spent several years as a Sales Manager at Microsoft gaining experience in Cloud, Enterprise and Application Platforms. Earlier, he was responsible for several years for sales and the execution of strategic and complex customer projects in Western Europe at HP.

Martin Fluch, Director Operations

Martin Fluch is taking on the position of Director Operations at A1 digital in addition to his role at A1 Telekom Austria. Right at the beginning of his career, Martin Fluch founded two companies in the telecommunications and IT industry which he quickly led on to success. He subsequently held various positions at telco companies, working chiefly in business development, post-merger integration and technology management. Martin Fluch joined A1 in 2009, where since 2012 he has been head of ICT Services. In 2015 he received the CIO Award as IT Manager of the Year.


About A1 digital

A1 digital international GmbH is a new company of the Telekom Austria Group. With innovative digital products, Cloud and IoT services, A1 digital is the ideal partner for the digitization of small and medium-sized businesses. Business activities focus on the CEE region, including Germany, and will be further expanded internationally. With its many years of experience and numerous awards in the ICT segment, the company is well placed in a strong growth segment for its customers. For further information and footage please visit 

Elisabetta Castiglioni
Elisabetta Castiglioni

CEO, A1 digital international GmbH

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Team A1 digital
Team A1 digital

Management Team A1 digital international GmbH

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A1 digital
A1 digital

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