Claus Karthe is an experienced Senior Executive with a 20+ year career in the telecommunications industry working with Alcatel, Nokia, and various startup companies.
Mr. Karthe served as Managing Director at Natural Intelligent Solutions Pte Ltd. Mr. Karthe provides advice on matters relating to Business Development, Funding, General Management, and Implementation. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Blue Ocean Wireless Limited.
During his 14-year tenure as Vice President at Nokia, he expanded the Asia-Pacific infrastructure sales eightfold within three years and claimed market leadership in the Philippines, which generated a steady revenue stream of $500 USD million annually.
Highly respected among entrepreneurs for his accomplishments, he established several mobile content companies that specialize in services such as Mobile Content and Management, Services and Business Process Outsourcing. Through his strong ability to comprehend and synthesize complex technical matters in IT and Telecom systems, as well as analyze customer needs, he successfully instrumented the launch of several telecom companies. These include Sitenta Pte Ltd, Blue Ocean Wireless, Wireless Services Worldwide, Smart Connect Holdings Pte Ltd, and Matrixs Ltd.
Mr. Karthe has a wide industrial and geographical experience gained through his 11 years managing Nokia’s expansion in Asia. Mr. Karthe joined BOW from Smart Communications Inc., where he was managing a key technology project to enable the expansion of its GSM network to address the maritime market.
He served as Chairman of the Board of Nokia Philippines Inc. until 2004 and a Member of Business Board Nokia Asia Pacific until 2002. He serves as a Member of The Board of Directors at Innovis Telecom Services (P) Ltd.
An avid sailor, he is also active in Asian charity projects such as Bridge-IT, which combines the research and development resources of Nokia, International Youth Foundation (IYF), Pearson and UNDP, a global program delivering digital education materials to schools using mobile technology. Mr. Karthe holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from a German University and a Master of Business Administration degree from IMD / University Of Lausanne in Switzerland.