As Sr. Director Product Management & Strategy, IoT, René Schmitz leads product development with a focus on the vertical IoT industry engagements across Oracle’s Global Business Units. René’s career spans over 20 years across both large enterprises and start-up environments. Prior to joining Oracle, he led Vodafone’s IoT Americas technology team, as VP of IoT Technology at Vodafone US Inc.. In this role, he managed Vodafone’s strategic technology relationships in Silicon Valley, driving digital transformation through rapid prototyping to solve customer problems, and led IoT product development and delivery for the Americas region. Prior to moving to the US, René was based in Europe with the Vodafone Group Consumer services team, where he led global outsourcing/offshoring transformation activities and developed and delivered consumer services for Vodafone’s 27 markets. René holds a degree in economics, business management and computer science from FOM University in Germany.