Francesco Vass appointed CEO of

Zurich, 23 November 2017 – Francesco Vass will become the new CEO of as of 1 January 2018. He is leaving to join the online marketplace. Under his management, established itself as the leading classifieds platform in Switzerland. Previously, the native of Ticino built up the TV streaming service Zattoo as Vice President, Marketing & Content together with the founders and, among others, worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Francesco Vass studied electrical engineering at ETH Zurich, holds an MBA from INSEAD in Paris and Singapore and is a lecturer at the University of Zurich. The 43-year-old is married and has two children.


Francesco Vass will take over the position from Bodo Kipper, who is leaving for personal reasons at the end of 2017. Under his management, the strategic direction of was redefined and fundamental restructuring of the platform was initiated. customers benefit from strengthened collaboration with professional retailers and a significantly expanded product range. Today, provides more than one million offers and is growing continuously in the C2C field. Before Bodo Kipper joined in 2015, he worked at Amazon Germany as Head of Merchant Services. 


Christoph Brand, Head of the Classifieds & Marketplaces Division at Tamedia: "On behalf of the Management Board of Tamedia, I would like to thank Bodo Kipper for his significant contribution and the further development of Switzerland's largest online marketplace. We are pleased that we have found an excellent successor in Francesco Vass, who will continue to drive the platform growth."



Simon Marquard, Digital Communication Manager Tamedia

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Additional information about was founded in Baar, Switzerland, in November 1999. Over the past 18 years, has developed into one of the strongest brands in the Swiss online market. With more than 3 million registered members, is the clear leader in the Swiss e-commerce market. The Ricardo Group has belonged to the Swiss media group Tamedia since 2015.

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