At times the head of Deutsche Telekom can seem detached. In those situations, Timotheus Höttges is more of a controller and chief financial officer, a job he had for a long time. So the moments when the chief executive veers off script are particularly telling.
Such a moment cropped up while he was addressing shareholders at the company’s annual meeting on Wednesday on the topic of Deutsche Telekom’s successful subsidiary, T-Mobile US.
“In the United States,” Mr. Höttges said, “we reinvented the mobile telephone business. We could learn from that in other markets.”