Chief Executive Officer
Christoph Tonini (CH/I/1969) has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2013. He joined Tamedia in April 2003 as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Management Board. From 2008 to 2012 he was responsible for the 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 TX Markets, Deputy CEO
Christoph Brand (CH/1969) has been a member of the Management Board since 1 October 2012 and is responsible for TX Markets and also Deputy CEO since 2019. 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 (CH/1970) has been a member of the Management Board since January 2017. He is responsible for the Technology & 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 20 Minuten. 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.
CEO Goldbach Group
Michi Frank (CH/1967), CEO of Goldbach Group, joined the Management Board in August 2018. He started his career in 1983 at Publicitas, Tages-Anzeiger and Cash (key-account customer service and sales manager print media). From 1994 to 2000 Michi Frank held the position of Managing Director of Belcom for Radio 24, Tele Züri resp. Tele 24. From 2001 to 2011 he served as CEO of the subsidiary Goldbach Media (Switzerland) and in 2012 he was named Delegate of the Board of Directors of Goldbach Media. In 2007 Michi Frank additionally assumed the role of Chief Sales Officer and Deputy CEO of Goldbach Group. He was appointed CEO of Goldbach Group in 2014.
Head of the Finances & Human Resources Division, Head of Investor Relations
Sandro 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 the 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.
Co-director Tamedia (Publishing Services)
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.
Co-director Tamedia (publishing)
Marco Boselli (CH/I/1965) has been a member of the Management Board since 1 January 2020 and is responsible for journalism division of Tamedia. From 2003 onwards, he was editor-in-chief of the free newspaper 20 Minuten and played a key role in its successful development. Marco Boselli was also responsible for the editorial strategies and processes for all the company’s free media in Switzerland and abroad as well as all marketing and branding activities for its Swiss publications, most recently from autumn 2016 onwards in his role as Head of Publishing and Processes of Free Media. He entered the media industry in 1987 as editor of the tabloid newspaper Blick. This was followed by posts as deputy editor-in-chief of SonntagsBlick, CEO of partnerwinner.ch and manager of the Express project. Marco Boselli studied literature and publishing and participated in the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University in New York.firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
Dr. Pietro Supino
Publisher and Chairman of the Board of Directors, of the Journalism Committee, of the Nomination and Compensation Committee, of the Business Development Committee and of the Advisory Board for Media Technology and Innovation
Dr. Pietro Supino (CH/I/1965) has been publisher and Chairman since May 2007. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1991. He has also been Chairman of the Swiss Media Association since 2016. Pietro Supino completed his studies in law and economics with a doctorate from the University of St. Gallen. He also gained a Master's from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was admitted to the Zurich bar. 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. 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 Tamedia Espace AG, of Tamedia Publications romandes SA, of Zürcher Regionalzeitungen AG, of Basler Zeitung AG and of the Supervisory Board of DJ Digitale Medien GmbH in Vienna. In addition he is also Vice Chairman of Edita SA in Luxembourg and a member of the Supervisory Board of Ultimate Media Beteiligungs- und Management GmbH in Vienna and of the Foundation Boards/Boards of Directors of the Foundation for Constructivist, Concrete and Conceptual Art in Zurich, the Family Business Network Switzerland and the Camera di Commercio Italiana per la Svizzera.
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 Chairman of the Board of Directors of pension fund specialist Prevanto AG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Gallen-based media firm Kömedia AG. 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, finishing 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 Sciences in 1987 with a master's 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. From March 2008 to 2016, he was on the Board of Directors of Banque Cantonal Vaudoise (BCV).
Member of the Audit Committee
Sverre Munck (N/1953) has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 2018. An investor and professional board member, i.e. as Chairman of the Board of 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.
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. Marina de Planta is a member of the Board of Directors of AXA Insurance Ltd. and of AXA Life Ltd. in Winterthur. She also 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), “Kafka war jung und brauchte das Geld” (2011) and “Die Kanzlerin – Eine Fiktion” (2017). He is a regular contributor to Die Zeit and Die Welt and is also a contributing writer for the US news portal Politico. 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 Nominating and Compensation Committee and of the Audit Committee
Andreas Schulthess (CH/1970) has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 2019. A member of the owner family, he has already been on the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2013. He began his career in 1993, working as a student trainee in Tamedia’s Human Resources Department. After completing his university studies, he became an IT business consultant in 2000, specialising in new technologies and e-business at Applied International Informatics and Cap Gemini (Switzerland) Ltd. After training as a coach and gaining relevant work experience in the field of management and personal development, he returned to operational human resources. He worked at Swiss Life Schweiz AG from 2005 to 2011, heading up Human Resources Management Switzerland. From 2011 to 2015, he devoted his attention to a family foundation and took care of various HR projects before joining Swiss Re Ltd in Zurich as Head HR Switzerland, a position he held until 2018. Andreas Schulthess graduated from the University of Zurich in 1999 with a Master’s degree in economics. He also completed a postgraduate programme, obtaining an Executive Master of Human Resources Management from the Institute for Applied Psychology in Zurich.
Advisory Board for Media Technology and Innovation
Emily Bell (GB/1965) has been a member of the Advisory Board for Media Technology and Innovation 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 Media Technology and Innovation since October 2013. He is Vice President for Research and head of DisneyResearch|Studios. 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 director of DisneyResearch, one of the Walt Disney Company’s international 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 Media Technology and Innovation since October 2013. He has been editor-in-chief of Tagesspiegel in Berlin since September 2018. From 2013 until end 2017 he has been responsible for all digital products of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in his capacity as editor-in-chief. Mathias Müller von Blumencron studied law and business administration at St. Gallen, Hamburg and Kiel. After completing his studies as a journalist at Henri-Nannen-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 built up Spiegel Online as editor-in-chief to the leading news site in Germany. From 2008 to 2013 he has been, co-editor-in-chief of both the print and online editions.