Axel Springer hy GmbH supports companies in their digital transformation




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08.05.17

Axel Springer hy GmbH supports companies in their digital transformation

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Christoph Keese and Lars Zimmermann directors, KPMG in Germany and Egon Zehnder strategic partners

Axel Springer SE is further expanding its digital services. With the establishment of Axel Springer hy GmbH, based in Berlin, interested customers will receive even more comprehensive support with their digital transformation. With this, Axel Springer is responding to a growing demand from organizations in both the private and public sectors that are looking to successfully negotiate disruptive challenges with individual concepts.

Axel Springer holds a stake of around 60 per cent in the business. Almost 40 per cent is held by management as well as the founders of the Berlin company “hy! GmbH”, in which Axel Springer has held a stake since 2013. “hy! GmbH” is now replaced by the new company.

The directors of the new company are Christoph Keese, 52, and Lars Zimmermann, 42. Keese previously served as Executive Vice President of Axel Springer SE. Keese will remain active in the area of media policy for Axel Springer and will retain a number of mandates. Lars Zimmermann was Director of „hy! GmbH“. Chief Operating Officer is lawyer Jan Wildhirth, 32, who came to Axel Springer from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2016. Senior Vice President responsible for the “Innovation Hub as a Service” area is Sebastian Herzog, 34, who previously held a management position with Lufthansa Innovation Hubs. Aydo Schosswald, Hans Raffauf and Rupert Hoffschmidt, the founders of „hy! GmbH“, will remain linked with the company in advisory roles.

The strategic partners of Axel Springer hy are the audit and advisory firm KPMG in Germany and the personnel consultancy Egon Zehnder.

Axel Springer hy already has a number prestigious companies on its customer roster. The consultancy particularly targets supervisory boards, executive boards, directors and managers at the highest level. Focal points are the joint development of strategies and strengthening customers’ innovative capacities.

Andreas Wiele, President Marketing and Classified Ad Models, Axel Springer SE: “With Axel Springer hy we can now systematically share our digitalization experience with other companies.“

Christian Rast, Chief Solution Officer of KPMG in Germany: “We are building a unique network of forward thinkers, alliance partners, IT technology companies and start-ups.”

Michael Ensser, Managing Partner Egon Zehnder Germany: “Together we can offer integrated solutions that make it easier for companies to manage digital transformation quickly and successfully.”

The directors of Axel Springer hy GmbH can be reached at:

Christoph.Keese@hy.co

Lars.Zimmermann@hy.co

Phone: +49 30 2591 78150

Marc Theurer Press Contact Axel Springer SE:
Marc-Christian Theurer

Tel: +49 30 2591 77620