Chief Executive Officer
Christoph Tonini (CH/I/1969) has been Chief Executive Officer of Tamedia since January 2013. He joined Tamedia in April 2003 as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Management Board. In recent years he has headed, among others, the Services, Newspapers Switzerland, Media Switzerland and most recently the Digital & 20 Minuten Division. He was also Deputy CEO from 2007. Before joining Tamedia, Christoph Tonini held various positions for Ringier between 1998 and 2003. Ultimately, he held the position of Head of Ringier Hungary and Romania. Christoph Tonini completed an MBA at St. Gallen University from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that, he completed an apprenticeship in offset printing and studied at the Swiss Engineering School for Printing and Packaging (esig) in Lausanne from 1990 to 1993.
Head of the Classifieds & Marketplaces Division
Christoph Brand (CH/1969) has been a member of the Management Board since 1 October 2012 and is responsible for Classifieds & Marketplaces. Formerly CEO of software company Adcubum, Christoph Brand was CEO of telecommunications firm Sunrise from 2006 to 2010, where he implemented a successful growth strategy. Prior to this, Brand was CEO of Bluewin and held key positions at Swisscom, latterly as Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Group Executive Board. In addition to his operational responsibilities, he also served on the boards of directors of Directories, Cinetrade, Swisscom Mobile and Micronas. Christoph Brand studied economics at the University of Bern from 1989 to 1995 and completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in 2000.
Head of the Technology & Ventures Division
Samuel Hügli (Swiss/1970) has been a member of the Management Board since January 2017. He is responsible for the Technology & Digital Ventures Division, which also includes the platforms doodle.com, meekan.com, olmero.ch/renovero.ch and starticket.ch. Between 2000 and 2011, Samuel Hügli held various positions at Ringier. As Head of Technology & Informatics and later as Group CIO, he was in charge of the media company’s IT before he was appointed CFO of the Ringier Group in 2007. In 2012, Samuel Hügli became an independent management consultant for companies in Switzerland and in South Africa. He also served on several boards of directors. The trained typographer holds different management degrees from the ZFU, the St. Gallen Business School as well as the London Business School. Most recently, he attended a Strategic Business Management course at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Chief Commercial Officer
Marcel Kohler (CH/1960) has been a member of the Management Board since January 2013 and is responsible for the Advertising & Commuter Media Division. He had previously been CEO of the 20 Minuten media network since 2006. He entered the media industry in 1982 when he joined Schaff hauser Bock. From 1985 Marcel Kohler worked in the publishing division of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung for over 20 years. He initially held the position of key account manager, before progressing to sales manager, head of advertising and deputy publishing director. He was also a member of the project team responsible for the launch of NZZ am Sonntag. He completed sales management training at the Swiss Marketing and Advertising Institute (SAWI) in Biel as well as further training in systems marketing at the University St. Gallen.
Head of the Finances & Human Resources Division
andro Macciacchini (CH/1966) has been a member of the Management Board since 1 January 2008 and is responsible for the Finances & Human resources Division. He took over as head of Tamedia’s Legal Department in 2003. He completed his law studies in 1995, qualifying as an attorney-at-law and beginning his career at a Berne-based law firm before working as a legal counsel for the Swiss Press Association until 1999. Sandro Macciacchini completed his dissertation on media law in April 2003. In 2006 he completed CAS training in financial and business accounting, and in 2009 he was awarded a Master of Advanced Studies Corporate Finance degree.
Head of the Paid Media Division
Serge Reymond (CH/1963) has been a member of the Management Board since 1 May 2011 and is responsible for the Paid Media Division. In addition he’s an associate of Power Matrix Sàrl since end of 2015. Serge Reymond studied mathematics and economics at Lausanne University, gaining a first degree and an MBA. Prior to joining Tamedia, he worked for Galenica and the Swatch Group, among others, before taking on the management of the kiosk retail and distribution company Naville-Détail based in the French-speaking part of Switzerland in 1997. In 2007 Serge Reymond was appointed as the CEO of the entire Naville Group. Serge Reymond joined the Edipresse Group as deputy chief executive officer in 2009, taking on the role of CEO of Edipresse Suisse (Tamedia Publications romandes) with effect from 1 June 2009.
Head of the Publishing Services Division
Andreas Schaffner (CH/F/1963) has been a member of the Management Board since 1 November 2009 and is responsible for the Publishing Services Division. In this position he is responsible for the three printing centres in Berne, Lausanne and Zurich, as well as the areas preliminary services, publishing logistics and reader-market services. After completing a bookbinder apprenticeship, Andreas Schaffner acquired professional and management experience in the graphic arts industry prior to studying engineering at the Ecole Suisse d’Ingénieur des Industries Graphiques in Lausanne. In 1995 he joined Ringier as a project manager, where he headed various services and printing areas before becoming CEO of Ringier Print Adligenswil in 2005. Andreas Schaffner, who successfully completed a part-time Executive MBA, was a member of the Ringier Switzerland Management Board from 2007 to 2009.
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.
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.
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. 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”).
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.
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.
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.
Advisory Board for Media Technology and Innovation
Emily Bell (GB/1965) has been a member of the Advisory Board for Digital Development since February 2014. She is a professor and director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. Emily Bell is an internationally recognised expert and commentator on media issues. Until 2010, she was editor-in-chief of the Guardian website and director for digital content for Guardian News and Media Group. In this function she and her web team introduced new forms of communication such as live blogging, multimedia formats and social media. Since 2013, Emily Bell has been a member of the Board of Directors of Scott Trust, owner of Guardian Media Group.
Markus Gross (CH/D/1963) has been a member of the Advisory Board for Digital Development since October 2013. He is director of the Computer Graphics Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and director of Disney Research Zurich. A native of Saarland, Markus Gross studied electronics and information technology at Saarland University, graduating with a PhD in computer graphics and image processing in 1989. He has worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich since 1994 and founded its computer graphics laboratory. Since 2008, he has been head of Disney Research Zurich, one of the Walt Disney Company’s three research facilities working in the fields of video technology, computational cinematography and human and face animation. Markus Gross received a technical achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013.
Mathias Müller von Blumencron
Mathias Müller von Blumencron (CH/D/1960) has been a member of the Advisory Board for Digital Development since October 2013. In his capacity as editor-in-chief, he has been responsible for all digital products of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung since October 2013. Mathias Müller von Blumencron studied law and business administration at St. Gallen, Hamburg and Kiel. After completing his studies as a journalist at HenriNannen-Schule, he initially joined business magazine Das Capital as editor, before going on to work for WirtschaftsWoche. In 1992, Mathias Müller von Blumencron joined Der Spiegel magazine, first as editor for the Germany II section, then as correspondent in Washington and New York; from 2000, he was editor-in-chief of Spiegel Online and from 2008 to 2013, co-editor-in-chief of both the print and online editions.
Sverre Munck (N/1953) has been a member of the Advisory Board for Digital Development since October 2013. An investor and professional board member, i.e. as Chairman of the Board of Opera Software ASA and the Oslo Science Park, Sverre Munck was head of Group Strategy and Corporate Development and was Chairman of the International Editorial of Schibsted ASA until September 2013. He studied economics at Yale University and received his PhD from Stanford University in 1983. After completing his studies, Sverre Munck worked initially as an advisor to the Norwegian Ministry of Finance before working at McKinsey & Company Inc. from 1984 to 1987. He went on to be appointed CEO of Loki AS. In 1994, he joined Schibsted ASA as Chief Financial Officer and was subsequently appointed executive vice president of Multimedia in 1998.