Personnel information: Dr. Jens Müffelmann is leaving Axel Springer

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Personnel information: Dr. Jens Müffelmann is leaving Axel Springer

Dr. Jens Müffelmann, 51, President USA Axel Springer SE and CEO Axel Springer Digital Ventures, will leave Axel Springer at his own request at the end of February 2018 and switch his base to the Venture Capital/Private Equity industry in the United States.

 

Dr. Jens Müffelmann

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Due to the growing importance of the US business, responsibility for coordinating the US portfolio will be taken over by Jan Bayer, President News Media and Member of the Executive Board of Axel Springer. Dr. Andreas Wiele, President Classifieds and Marketing Media and Member of the Executive Board of Axel Springer, will assume the position of CEO of Axel Springer Digital Ventures GmbH. Jens Müffelmann will be available in an advisory function until the end of June 2018.
Jens Müffelmann has played a decisive role in developing the digital portfolio of Axel Springer, thereby laying a crucial foundation for the digitization and economic success of Axel Springer. Most recently, he was responsible for the successful entry into the US market. The company wishes him all the best, luck and success for his future.

Deniz will be free! 

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Deniz will be free! 

Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE, said on the decision of the release of WELT correspondent Deniz Yücel from prison: “We are very happy and unbelievably relieved that Deniz Yücel will finally be free after more than one year in prison. I would like to thank everyone who put in tireless effort to support him, doing everything in their power to secure his release – his colleagues, his friends, the German government and, there, above all Sigmar Gabriel. The amazing solidarity with Deniz Yücel across party and ideological lines underscores the importance of freedom of the press and independent journalism for our society. However, what happened to him also shows us that we must always be prepared to defend both of these principles. Today we send our warmest greetings to Deniz Yücel and his wife, in the hope that they can soon leave these terrible months of imprisonment and separation behind them, make up for the missed time and enjoy being together again in freedom.”
Ulf Poschardt, Editor-in-Chief WELT said: “We are infinitely happy and grateful that Deniz is free again after a year behind bars. We thank Deniz for his unwavering strength and humor in these dark hours, his wife, and we thank his family, his friends and the fantastic, courageous lawyer Veysel Ok. We also thank the German government. We are very happy for Deniz and we are thinking of all those colleagues who are still behind bars, because they do what we all want to do: Be journalists – critical, incorruptible, persistent and passionate.”

Axel Springer Aufsichtsrat beruft Dr. Stephanie Caspar zum Vorstand Technologie und Daten

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Axel Springer Aufsichtsrat beruft Dr. Stephanie Caspar zum Vorstand Technologie und Daten

 

Dr. Stephanie Caspar

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Der Aufsichtsrat der Axel Springer SE hat heute Dr. Stephanie Caspar, 44, in den Vorstand berufen. Mit Wirkung zum 1. März 2018 übernimmt sie ein neu geschaffenes Ressort mit der konzernweiten Verantwortung für Technologie und Daten. In ihrer neuen Funktion wird sie das nationale digitale Mediengeschäft weiterhin verantworten. Erstmals ist damit bei Axel Springer die übergeordnete Technologie- und Datenstrategie auf Vorstandsebene fest verankert. Dr. Stephanie Caspar ergänzt das bislang vierköpfige Gremium bestehend aus Dr. Mathias Döpfner (Vorsitzender), Dr. Julian Deutz (Vorstand Finanzen und Personal), Jan Bayer, (Vorstand News Media) und Dr. Andreas Wiele (Vorstand Classifieds und Marketing Media). Jan Bayer übernimmt ebenfalls zum 1. März 2018 zusätzlich die Verantwortung für die reichweitenbasierten Angebote des Segments Marketing Media von Dr. Andreas Wiele, der sich weiterhin auf das performancebasierte Angebot (AWIN-Gruppe) der Marketing Media und auf das wirtschaftlich bedeutende Segment Classifieds Media konzentrieren wird. Mit dieser neuen Zuordnung sollen noch bessere Voraussetzungen für eine Zusammenarbeit der Angebote aus den News und Marketing Media geschaffen werden.
Dr. Giuseppe Vita, Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender: “Stephanie Caspar hat als Geschäftsführerin die digitale Transformation unserer Kernmarke WELT erfolgreich gestaltet und führt aktuell das digitale Mediengeschäft von Axel Springer in Deutschland zusammen. Wir freuen uns sehr auf die weitere Zusammenarbeit mit Stephanie Caspar in ihrer neuen Funktion.”
Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Vorstandsvorsitzender: “Als digitaler Verlag ist Axel Springer auf herausragende Technologie- und Datenkompetenz sowie noch mehr Dynamik bei der Implementierung neuer Entwicklungen angewiesen. Mit Stephanie Caspar wird Technologie-Kompetenz aufgewertet und endlich auch im Vorstand mit eigenem Ressort vertreten sein.”
Dr. Stephanie Caspar ist seit 2013 bei Axel Springer. Sie verantwortete als Geschäftsführerin die Entwicklung der WELT-Gruppe und steuerte erfolgreich die Zusammenführung mit dem Sender N24 (heute WELT). Seit 2018 ist sie zusätzlich als Geschäftsführerin übergreifend für den neu geschaffenen Verlagsbereich mit allen Digitalaktivitäten der nationalen Medienmarken und für die Digitalvermarktung innerhalb von Media Impact, Kundenservice und IT verantwortlich. Bevor sie zu Axel Springer kam, gründete sie 2009 den Online-Händler Mirapodo und war dessen Geschäftsführerin. Ihre berufliche Laufbahn startete sie als Unternehmensberaterin bei McKinsey, gefolgt von Stationen bei ebay, unter anderem als Direktorin Strategie, und bei Immobilienscout24 als Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung.

Axel Springer Supervisory Board appoints Dr. Stephanie Caspar as President Technology and Data

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Axel Springer Supervisory Board appoints Dr. Stephanie Caspar as President Technology and Data

 

Dr. Stephanie Caspar

© Axel Springer SE

Today, the Supervisory Board of Axel Springer SE appointed Dr. Stephanie Caspar, 44, to the Executive Board. Effective March 1st, 2018, she will take over a newly created Executive Board division and along with that assume company-wide responsibility for technology and data. In her new role, she will also stay responsible for the national digital news media business. For the first time, the overarching technology and data strategy will be firmly embedded on Axel Springer’s Board level. Stephanie Caspar will join as fifth Board member. The Executive Board consists of Dr. Mathias Döpfner (CEO), Dr. Julian Deutz (CFO and responsible for HR matters), Jan Bayer (President News Media) and Dr. Andreas Wiele (President Classifieds and Marketing Media). Also effective March 1st, 2018, Jan Bayer will additionally take over responsibility for the reach-based offerings within the Marketing Media division from Dr. Andreas Wiele. Dr. Andreas Wiele will continue to focus on the performance-based offering (AWIN Group) within Marketing Media as well as on the economically significant Classifieds Media division. The new structure aims at creating even better conditions for a closer cooperation of News and Marketing Media offerings.
Dr. Giuseppe Vita, Chairman of the Supervisory Board: “As Managing Director, Stephanie Caspar very successfully managed the digital transformation of our core brand WELT. At the moment, she is bringing together Axel Springer’s digital media business in Germany. We look forward very much to continuing to be working together with Stephanie Caspar in her new role.”
Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO: “As a digital publisher, Axel Springer relies on excellent technology and data competence as well as even more speed in implementing new developments. With Stephanie Caspar, technology competence will be revalued and finally also be represented on Board level with its own division.”
Dr. Stephanie Caspar joined Axel Springer in 2013. As Managing Director of WELT Group, she was responsible for the group’s development and successfully managed the integration of TV station N24 (today WELT). Since 2018, she is also responsible for the newly created publishing organization which bundles all digital activities of Axel Springer’s German media brands, and for the digital sales within Media Impact, customer service and IT. In 2009, before joining Axel Springer, Stephanie Caspar founded digital retailer Mirapodo and worked as the company’s CEO. She started her career as business consultant at McKinsey, followed by diverse positions at ebay, among others as Director Strategy, and at Immobilienscout24 as Member of the Managing Board.

Axel Springer invests in Magic Leap

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Axel Springer invests in Magic Leap

The company plans to launch its first product with the mixed reality eyewear Magic Leap One this year

 

Axel Springer Digital Ventures participated in a round of financing of Magic Leap. The company headquartered in Florida develops its own patented technology that integrates digital objects in real world environments. A core element of Magic Leap’s offering is Magic Leap One, a combination of a mixed reality eyewear and lightweight wearable personal computer that uses lightfield technology to seamlessly integrate digital content into real world environments. Magic Leap announced in December 2017 that it will ship its first product, which is designed for creators and content developers, in 2018.
Axel Springer will, with investments in companies like Magic Leap, actively participate in innovative technologies bearing the potential to present journalistic content and classifieds in new formats and environments.
Axel Springer is the leading digital publisher in Europe. Axel Springer SE is divided into three operating segments: News Media, Classifieds Media and Marketing Media. Headquartered in Berlin, the publishing house is active in more than 40 countries via subsidiaries, joint ventures and licenses. Axel Springer has built a portfolio of equity holdings of US companies in recent years. These include in particular INSIDER Inc. (Business Insider) and eMarketer as well as shares in Group Nine Media, ShareASale, Jaunt, Airbnb and Uber.

Axel Springer investiert in Magic Leap

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Axel Springer investiert in Magic Leap

Das Unternehmen plant mit der Mixed-Reality-Brille Magic Leap One in diesem Jahr das erste Produkt auf den Markt zu bringen

 

Axel Springer Digital Ventures hat sich an einer Finanzierungsrunde von Magic Leap beteiligt. Das Unternehmen mit Sitz in Florida hat eine patentierte Technologie entwickelt, die digitale Objekte in die reale Welt integriert. Kernelement des Unternehmensangebots ist Magic Leap One: Dabei handelt es sich um eine Mixed-Reality-Brille und einen leichten, tragbaren Personal Computer. Die Kombination der beiden ermöglicht, es mittels Lichtfeldtechnologie digitale Inhalte nahtlos in reale Umgebungen einzufügen. Magic Leap hatte im Dezember 2017 angekündigt, mit der Auslieferung des Produkts, das für Software- und Content-Entwickler gedacht ist, im Jahr 2018 zu beginnen.
Axel Springer will mit Investments wie in Magic Leap an innovativen Technologien teilhaben, die großes Potenzial haben, um journalistische Inhalte und Rubrikenangebote in neuen Darstellungsformen und Umgebungen zu präsentieren.
Axel Springer ist der führende Digitalverlag in Europa. Die Axel Springer SE ist in drei operative Segmente unterteilt: News Media, Classifieds Media und Marketing Media. Der Verlag mit Hauptsitz in Berlin ist mit Tochtergesellschaften, Joint Ventures und Lizenzen in mehr als 40 Ländern aktiv. Axel Springer hat in den letzten Jahren ein Portfolio an US-amerikanischen Beteiligungen aufgebaut. Dazu gehören vor allem INSIDER Inc. (Business Insider) und eMarketer, hinzu kommen unter anderem Anteile an Group Nine Media, ShareASale, Jaunt sowie Airbnb und Uber.

Fifth “International Paid Content Summit” at Axel Springer in Berlin / Survey shows: Cooperation with platforms unsatisfactory

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Fifth “International Paid Content Summit” at Axel Springer in Berlin / Survey shows: Cooperation with platforms unsatisfactory

33 international media brands participated / Survey shows: Cooperation with platforms unsatisfactory, exception is Google / Readers’ willingness to pay continues to increase / “Paid Content Award” for “Aftonbladet”

Digital industry meeting in Berlin: More than 80 experts from leading international media companies from 15 different countries gathered in Berlin from 7 to 8 February 2018 at the invitation of Axel Springer and BILD for the fifth “International Paid Content Summit”. During the two-day event, participants shared their experience in implementing and optimizing digital paid models. In addition to BILD, WELT and BUSINESS INSIDER, media brands such as “Aftonbladet“, „Financial Times”, „Le Monde“, „New York Times“, „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ and „Wall Street Journal“ also took part in the conference.
Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE: “Last year’s debate about fake news had a very positive impact on the value of quality journalism and the resulting acceptance of paid content. If Facebook and Google finally make their announcements come true and integrate paid models into their platforms, we will have reached the next milestone in 2018.”
Survey of digital media managers shows: Cooperation with Google works better than with Facebook / Paid models increasingly popular with readers

Survey of the Paid Content Summit 2018
A survey among the participants shows that they see great potential in the co-operation with Google and Facebook regarding the distribution of digital subscriptions. At the assessment of the collaboration with platforms, Google is attributed a much more cooperative behavior than Facebook.
Stefan Betzold, Managing Director of BILD Digital: “The participants agree that there is great potential in the cooperation with the platforms. As a distribution channel, they can play a central role for digital subscriptions in the future. However, there is still a big gap between well-intentioned announcements and real actions. Now it’s time for the platforms to finally put their announcements into action.”
According to the respondents, the acceptance of paid offerings among readers continues to develop positively: 70 percent of the participants stated that readers’ willingness to pay had continued to increase (previous year: 74 percent, 2016: 57 percent).
According to the survey, this year’s key success factors in the further development of paid content are the optimization of user flow (86 percent approval), investments in editorial content (78 percent) and a better understanding of data in the newsroom (74 percent). Jon Slade, Chief Commercial Officer of Financial Times ads another success factor for 2018: “Sometimes we can overcomplicate the proposition we put to customers. Therefore simplicity will be key, and also to keep the organisation prioritised and focussed.” For Espen Egil Hansen, publisher Aftonposten, other challenges are in the foreground: “„This year we realized that readers are really willing to buy our product. Now we need to work on users engagement: users don’t have the habit to relate to us every day and therefore churn prevention will be a big challenge.“
“Paid Content Award” for Swedish “Aftonbladet”
This year, the Swedish tabloid newspaper “Aftonbladet” received the “Paid Content Award”. With this award, the jury was honoring one of the pioneers in paid content. As early as 15 years ago, Aftonbladet developed a freemium model, which was a role model for many other publishers. Since that time, Aftonbladet has consistently further developed its offering and has set new records for subscribers and revenues through innovations and stimuli for growth. Peter Nelander, Head of Aftonbladet Plus, and Ted Kudinoff, Head of Editorial Plus, about the reasons for the success of their paid offerings: “In 2017 we brought together editorial, product and marketing to work on the Sport+ initiative. Sports is a key part of our DNA and the close collaboration was a key driver for our subscriber growth last year.”
Media brands participating in the 2018 “International Paid Content Summit”:
Aftenposten (Norway), Aftonbladet (Sweden), Asahi Shimbun (Japan), BILD (Germany), BUSINESS INSIDER (USA), Der Spiegel (Germany), Die Zeit (Germany), Dow Jones (USA), Ekstra Bladet (Denmark), El Mundo (Spain), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), Financial Times (UK), Gedi Gruppo Editorial (Italy), Handelsblatt (Germany), Jyllands-Posten (Denmark), Le Figaro (France), Le Monde (France), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), News UK – The Times & Sunday Times (UK), News UK Australia (Australia), Newsweek (Poland), Onet Ringier Axel Springer Polen (Poland), Shibsted (Sweden), Ringier (Switzerland), Ringier Axel Springer (Switzerland),  Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), The Atlantic (USA), The Guardian (UK), The New York Times (USA), The Straits Times (Singapur), Verdens Gang (Norway), WELT (Germany), Wall Street Journal (USA).

Personnel information: Editor-in-chief Tanit Koch is leaving BILD

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Personnel information: Editor-in-chief Tanit Koch is leaving BILD

Tanit Koch

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Tanit Koch, 40, editor-in-chief of BILD’s print edition since January 1st, 2016, will leave the publisher at her own request by end-February 2018.
Julian Reichelt, 37, who is Chairman of BILD’s editorial office since February 2017 in addition to being editor-in-chief of BILD Digital, will additionally take over the position as editor-in-chief of BILD’s print edition and remain overall responsible for the BILD brands. Next to Julian Reichelt, Marion Horn, 52, editor-in-chief of BILD am SONNTAG, and Miriam Krekel, 40, editor-in-chief of B.Z., will remain members of BILD’s editorial office. Ulrike Zeitlinger, 48, will remain deputy of BILD’s editor-in-chief.
Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE: „With great passion and competence, Tanit Koch managed to complete an unparalleled journalistic career at Axel Springer. I was present when we won her over for Axel Springer during the selection process for our journalism school 13 years ago. Within a decade, she managed to climb from a journalistic trainee to the top of Europe’s largest newspaper. She has done an outstanding job for BILD, lately in the position as editor-in-chief. The constellation of responsibilities within the editorial office was meant well, but didn’t work in practice as this set-up didn’t suit BILD. BILD needs an absolute clear setting. We very much regret that Tanit Koch is leaving, understand and accept her motivation behind this step and wish her best of luck and success.“

Axel Springer is granted unconditional clearance by the French Competition Authority to acquire Logic-Immo

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Axel Springer is granted unconditional clearance by the French Competition Authority to acquire Logic-Immo

Axel Springer Digital Classifieds France, the holding company of Axel Springer’s classifieds businesses in France, has today been granted unconditional clearance by the French Competition Authority to acquire Concept Multimédia with its core brand Logic-Immo from the French media holding Spir Communication SA. The deal would value Concept Multimédia at EUR 105 million (cash/debt free). Final closing requirements are expected to be fulfilled for a definitive closing of the transaction at the beginning of February.
Concept Multimédia is based in Aix-en-Provence and Paris and runs the real estate portal Logic-Immo.com, as well as dedicated online portals for luxury real estate and new buildings and a number of print publications with real estate ads in France. Logic-Immo.com reaches 3.0 million people per month (source: Médiamétrie, unique visitors, October 2017). With SeLoger, Axel Springer already has a leading real estate classifieds site in France, reaching 5.5 million people per month (source: Médiamétrie, unique visitors, October 2017).
Through the acquisition of Concept Multimédia, Axel Springer Digital Classifieds France will further differentiate its range of real estate portals and will be excellently positioned for further growth in the competitive French real estate classifieds market.
Dr. Andreas Wiele, President Classifieds and Marketing Media Axel Springer SE: “Thanks to the combination of SeLoger and Logic-Immo, millions of French consumers will have easier access to the home of their dreams. And Axel Springer further strengthens its position in the prospering French digital economy.”
Bertrand Gstalder, CEO SeLoger and CEO Axel Springer Digital Classifieds France: “By combining audiences and undisputed know-how of SeLoger and Logic-Immo, we are providing real estate agents with the most efficient and innovative service in the French market.”
Patrice Hutin, CEO Spir Communication SA: “I am very happy having received clearance by the French Competition Authority for the transaction, which will secure a great future for Logic-Immo and its employees alongside the best possible partner.”
Cyril Janin, General Manager Concept Multimédia SAS: “With Axel Springer and SeLoger we will have the opportunity to accelerate the development of Logic-Immo. We look forward to collaborating with our new colleagues from SeLoger and to being part of the large Axel Springer family.”

About Axel Springer SE and Axel Springer Digital Classifieds France
Axel Springer is Europe’s leading digital publisher. With headquarters in Berlin, the company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures, and licenses. Axel Springer SE is divided into three segments: Classifieds Media, News Media and Marketing Media. The company employs more than 15,000 people worldwide. Axel Springer Digital Classifieds France is the holding company for the French classifieds activities of Axel Springer which include the SeLoger Group and the well-known French car classifieds portal La Centrale and a number of other web offerings in the car and boat space.
About Concept Multimédia
Concept Multimédia, founded in 1995, is based in Aix-en-Provence and Paris and runs the real estate portal Logic-Immo.com, as well as dedicated online portals for luxury real estate and new buildings and a number of print publications with real estate ads in France. Concept Multimédia employs around 320 people.
About SeLoger
SeLoger is a leading real estate classifieds site in France. The company was founded in 1992 and acquired by Axel Springer in 2011. Over the past few years, SeLoger has successfully extended its reach to various types of property through a broad range of dedicated brands such as Belles Demeures, SeLogerNeuf, SeLoger Construire, LouerVite, LaCoteImmo, AgoraBiz, Webimm and SeLoger Vacances. SeLoger employs around 450 people in its Paris offices.

Avenues, flowers, women: This poem must not be painted over / Axel Springer protests against restrictions on freedom of art and speech

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Avenues, flowers, women: This poem must not be painted over / Axel Springer protests against restrictions on freedom of art and speech

As a sign of protest against the demand by the student representatives (AStA) of the Alice Solomon University in Berlin to have a poem by the Swiss poet Eugen Gomringer removed from the front of their university building, and against a corresponding current resolution by the Academic Senate, Axel Springer presents the poem in its original Spanish version on the LED wall on the roof of the company’s headquarter building in Berlin.
As a media company whose identity and means of existence are based on the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press, we protest against this intervention in the freedom of art and poetry.