Mallik Rao has been Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO) of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG since end of October 2019 and is responsible for the mobile and fixed network as well as the IT of Telefónica Deutschland. Mallik Rao has more than 25 years of experience in the international telecommunications industry. He began his professional career in 1993 at TATA Telecom. This was followed by several positions: After 7 years in Technology & Solutions at ERICSSON, he moved to Nortel Networks, where he worked in Wireless Business PLM (Product Lifecycle Management). Mallik Rao assumed his first leadership position as CTO at the Indian mobile communications provider Aircel for 3 years between 2008 to 2012. He joined the Vodafone Group in 2012, where he initially held the role of Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO) for Vodafone Netherlands. There he was responsible for both Dutch and Eastern European markets. Since September 2015, he has held the same position at Vodafone Turkey. Mallik Rao holds a bachelor's degree in Communications Engineering from Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Aurangabad in India. He is married and has two children.