Former Scout24 CEO Olivier Rihs joining the Doodle Board of Directors
Zurich, 20 August 2018 – Olivier Rihs (49) is joining the Board of Directors of Doodle, the leading online scheduler. He was previously with Scout24 Schweiz AG for a total of approximately 15 years and held the position of CEO for 7 years. The Business Management graduate was instrumental in the development of Scout24. One of his achievements was the successful cooperation with the globally operating investor KKR. Scout24 Schweiz AG comprises a number of different online marketplaces for cars, real estate and classifieds.
Samuel Hügli, Member of the Management Board and Head of Technology & Ventures of Tamedia as well as Chairman of the Board of Doodle AG: “We are striving for global growth with Doodle and are heavily investing in the product. Olivier Rihs brings a wealth of experience in the online sector and e-business to the table and is intimately familiar with the challenges resulting from a global context. I look forward to working with him.”
Olivier Rihs: “Doodle makes day-to-day business and the organization of leisure time activities considerably easier. It is a well-known brand with significant international growth potential. These are the reasons why I am delighted to contribute my expertise directly to the online scheduler in the future.”
Gabriele Ottino, Managing Director of Doodle: “We continue to take Doodle forward, and more and more users around the world are excited about the product. Approximately 200 million people are using the Doodle scheduling tool every year. Olivier Rihs has a great deal of international know-how, acquired in the cooperation with the global investor KKR, for example, which will be beneficial to us with our global growth strategy.”
Doodle was fully taken over by the Swiss media group Tamedia in 2014. Much has been invested in the product during the last two years and the team continued to grow. Every month the online scheduling tool is used by over 28 million people worldwide and in the future it will be available with new premium subscription models and services.
The other members of Doodle’s Board of Directors include Samuel Hügli, Chairman of the Board of Doodle AG and Member of the Management Board of Tamedia, and Lorenz Lüchinger, Head of Portfolio Management Ventures of Tamedia.