In future, Axel Springer will be offering all of its licensing and research services from a single source. For this purpose, the Infopool Text department and the ullstein bild picture agency will be merged from 1 February 2013 and in future operate under the name Axel Springer Syndication. With this step Axel Springer AG is responding to the changing requirements of their internal and external customers.
Torsten Hoch, 55, until now General Manager of Infopool Text, will become Managing Director of the new company.
"The demand for combined services offering text, photos and increasingly also moving images has grown in recent years. With Axel Springer Syndication we can satisfy customer requirements more quickly and with greater flexibility as well as also opening up new market potential. We not only want to reach the traditional media with our content, but also news aggregators and bloggers", explained Pit Gottschalk, who has general responsibility for Content Management at Axel Springer and is additionally co-managing director of Axel Springer Syndication.
Frank Frischmuth, 51, General Manager of ullstein bild, will be leaving Axel Springer on 31 March 2013 at his own request. Pit Gottschalk: "With his many years of service at ullstein bild, Frank Frischmuth has set important trends and with his team has put in place the conditions required for successful further development. We are very grateful to him for this and wish him all the best in his future career."