Board of Directors

Board of Directors

    Board of Directors

    Dr. Pietro Supino

    Publisher, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Journalism Committee, Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee, Chairman of the Business Development Committee and Chairman of the Advisory Board for Digital Development

    Dr. Pietro Supino (CH/I/1965) has been Chairman and publisher since May 2007. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Tamedia in 1991. Between 1989 and 1998 Pietro Supino gained experience as a lawyer and in business consultancy before founding a private bank with partners in Zurich. He is currently also Chairman of Espace Media AG, Tamedia Publications romandes SA and Zürcher Regionalzeitungen AG. He is also Vice Chairman of Edita SA in Luxembourg, Member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss news agency Schweizerische Depeschenagentur AG, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Swiss Media Association and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists and of the Foundation for Constructive, Concrete and Conceptual Art in Zurich. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Family Business Network Switzerland and of the Board of the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Switzerland. Pietro Supino completed his studies in law and economics with a doctorate from the University of St. Gallen. He has also been admitted to the Zurich bar and holds a Masters from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He attended the Columbia School of Journalism in New York, which prepared him well for his future as a publisher. He has been a member of the Board of Visitors since 2012.

    Martin Coninx

    Member of the Nominating and Compensation Committee and of the Audit Committee

    Martin Coninx (CH/1970) is a member of the founding family of Tamedia. He has been a member of the Board of Directors and Managing Partner of Research Partners AG since 2014. In addition, he serves on the Boards of schweizeraktien.net AG and Eyeonx AG. From 2004 to the end of 2013 Martin Coninx acted for Tamedia, first as Publishing Director and later as Managing Director of Finanz und Wirtschaft. Previous positions included Marketing Director Publicitas in Shanghai, Head of Marketing of the magazine Bilanz as well as auditor and business consultant at a subsidiary of Ernst & Young. Martin Coninx studied Business Management at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur. He also holds a Swiss federal diploma in Publishing Management from the SAWI Academy for Marketing and Communication.

    Martin Kall

    Member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee and of the Business Development Committee

    Martin Kall (CH/D/1961) has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 2013. He is Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH (FAZ) in Frankfurt am Main and a member of the Supervisory Board of Funke Mediengruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA (formerly the WAZ Group) in Essen and of the Board of Directors of Lichtblick SE in Hamburg. He is also Chairman of the Shareholders’ Meeting of Verlags-AG Schweizer Bauer in Berne, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prevanto AG, which specialises in pension fund services, and of the media company Kömedia AG, which is located in Saint Gall. From April 2002 until December 2012 Martin Kall was CEO of Tamedia. Before working for Tamedia, Martin Kall was a member of the Ringier AG Group Management, where he headed both the European Publishing Division and the Swiss Magazines Division. From 1989 to 1996 he was with Bertelsmann Group, ultimately as CEO of Bertelsmann Fachinformation GmbH in Munich. In 1989, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He completed his studies in history and economics at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau and at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1987 with a degree in economics (“Diplom-Volkswirt”).

    Pierre Lamunière

    Member of the Business Development Committee and of the Journalism Committee

    Pierre Lamunière (CH/1950) has been a member of the Board of Directors since May 2009. After completing his studies in the US (MBA Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) Pierre Lamunière joined Edipresse Group in 1977. From 1987, he headed the company as General Manager, and in 1998 he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. From 1997 to 2002 Pierre Lamunière served on the Board of Directors of Swiss Post. He is Chairman of Lamunière Holding SA and its subsidiaries. Pierre Lamunière is also a member of the Management Board of the International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP) on which he served as Chairman from 2007 to 2009. Since March 2008, he has been on the Board of Directors of Banque Cantonal Vaudoise (BCV).

    Marina de Planta

    Chair of the Audit Committee

    After studying economics at Geneva University, Marina de Planta (CH/1965) worked for Ernst & Young for seventeen years, based in Geneva, Zurich and Hong Kong. She qualified as a tax expert with the Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Consultants in 1992. Since 2010, Marina de Planta has been a partner and tax expert at the law practice Ducrest Heggli Avocats LLC in Geneva. She is also an independent board member of various Swiss companies in the financial sector, she lectures in tax law at the School of Business Administration in Geneva, and is a member of the Geneva Committee of Human Rights Watch.

    Konstantin Richter

    Member of the Journalism Committee and of the Audit Committee

    Konstantin Richter (D/1971) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2004. He began his professional career in 1997 as an assistant editor at the media trade magazine Columbia Journalism Review in New York. He was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Brussels from 1999 to 2001, and from 2004 to 2005 was the Co-Managing Director of the Rogner & Bernhard publishing company in Hamburg and Berlin. He is now based in Berlin, working as a freelance writer and journalist. He is the author of the novels “Bettermann” (2007) and “Kafka war jung und er brauchte das Geld” (2011) and is a regular contributorto the German-language Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag and to the weekly Die Zeit. He was awarded the German Reporter Prize in 2011 for an article in Die Zeit. Konstantin Richter has a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Edinburgh University and a Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

    Iwan Rickenbacher

    Member of the Journalism Committee and of the Business Development Committee

    Prof. Dr. Iwan Rickenbacher (CH/1943) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1996. He began his professional career in 1975 as Director of the Teachers’ College of the Canton of Schwyz. From 1988 to 1992, he served as General Secretary of the Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland (CVP) in Berne. He has been working as an independent communications consultant since 1992. In 2000, he was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Berne. After obtaining his teacher’s certificate, Iwan Rickenbacher studied educational sciences and graduated with a doctorate.