Sawntee is currently in charge of group purchasing and, in the international division, of the Europe region (excluding France and Poland) and Egypt. He joined France Telecom in August 2007.
Swantee is a Dutch graduate in economics. He received his European MBA from cole Europenne des Affaires in Paris in 1989.
The 45-year-old was previously senior executive VP in charge of France Telecom’s mobile businesses worldwide and the operational and financial performance of France Telecom Group businesses in Europe and Egypt.
Before joining France Telecom, Swantee was senior VP of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, where he dealt with business-to-business software sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
He was part of the team that steered HP through consolidation to become the leading global IT company.
Swantee has 17 years experience in the IT industry, holding senior leadership, sales and marketing positions with Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation in Europe and the United States.
It is said he has made solid contributions to revenue growth in mature markets where he has worked around the world.