In September 2017, we honored the commitment of our employees celebrating their 25th, 40th and 50th service anniversaries at Telekom Deutschland with a central Anniversary Celebration Week . The idea for Anniversary Celebration Week came about in 2008 in the customer service department and was expanded year after year due to positive employee response and importance to our corporate culture. The year 2017 also marked the first time that the employees of Telekom Technik Deutschland joined the central festivities, as previously these employees had been honored at regional celebrations. Eligible T-Systems employees were also welcomed to the joint celebrations for the first time this year. The former HR Director of Telekom Deutschland, Martin Seiler, the HR Director of T-Systems, Georg Pepping, as well as Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG and CEO of T-Systems, Reinhard Clemens, were all present at the celebrations.
More than 3,000 eligible employees were invited in 2017, with about 1,400 of them attending the event in Bonn personally. A total of 43,650 years of work and experience at Bundespost and Telekom were represented at our forum in Bonn during the four-day event. The excellent cooperation between our colleagues, both young and old, is a key pillar of our business success. That's because learning from each other, being interested in each other's ideas and growing and working out solutions together are basic conditions in professional life.