Deutsche Telekom’s CEO said the operator had chosen a turnaround specialist with “the right spirit and attitude” to head up its struggling T-Systems subsidiary.

Adel Al-Saleh joins from Northgate Information Solutions Group, a UK-based business specialised in providing software solutions and technology services for human resources management.

NIS was taken private in 2008 by private equity firm KKR, who appointed Al-Saleh in 2011 to develop a turnaround strategy.

The 53-year-old helped to put in place a streamlined portfolio, a new strategy, and efficient and competitive operations, Deutsche Telekom said.

Al-Saleh, who also spent 19 years working at IBM, begins his new role on 1 January next year, replacing Reinhard Clemens.

He takes on a company that saw sales fall over five percent to €3.4 billion and adjusted EBITDA slump over 24 percent to €232 million in the first half of this year. Sales and profits also declined in 2016.

Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges said: “[Adel] has the right spirit and attitude paired with a profound knowledge for the job.

“[He] has a proven record of turning businesses around.

“He will start to become acquainted with T-Systems right away and will use the phase until the end of the year to bring himself up to speed.”

Last month, T-Systems won a contract to run German energy and mining group LEAG’s IT estate.

It also launched the first product powered by ngena, the global network alliance for enterprises of which it was a co-founder.

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