Markus Schmedtmann will head the Mohn media group
Gütersloh. Markus Schmedtmann (37), who has so far been Chairman and CEO of Arvato direct services, will become Chairman and CEO of the Mohn media group as of June 1, 2008. He will succeed Markus Dohle (39) who will change within Bertelsmann AG and become Chairman of the Board of the Random House Division as of that same date, according to informed sources. The responsibilities of Markus Dohle within the Arvato Board will pass to Rolf Buch (43), the Chairman of the Board of Arvato.
“Markus Schmedtmann is a manager from within the company who has demonstrated great technical and interpersonal skills in the past in his extremely successful work for Arvato services. He represents creativity and entrepreneurship, and has been a guarantor of the extraordinary, dynamic growth of the Arvato services segment in the past few years. In addition, he has repeatedly given evidence of his innovative power and his distinct feeling for new business approaches during his career, for example, as regards the continuous further development of various service businesses or when building up the DeutschlandCard. He will continue the excellent performance of Markus Dohle at Mohn media”, said Rolf Buch. “I would like to thank him for his achievements in the past and wish him good success with his new tasks, also on behalf of my fellow Arvato Board members.”
Buch continued, “Mohn media is the flagship within our printing division and plays a key role in our future strategy. The Mohn media team developed the purely production-based company into a broadly positioned print services provider and integrated numerous new services into the overall process during the past six years.” According to Rolf Buch, Markus Schmedtmann will continue to intensify this process and drive the transformation of the entire Mohn media group into an integrated provider of tailor-made solutions for all aspects of the production of print media forward. He will be capable of drawing on his manifold experience from the services range, rely fully on the excellent team of Mohn media and especially leverage on the know-how and innovative power of its personnel, according to Buch.
“I am very happy to be appointed Chairman and CEO of the Mohn media group, and I am proud to be given this important entrepreneurial task”, Markus Schmedtmann pointed out. “It is a great challenge, but also a huge opportunity to work together with the keen professionals of Mohn media on the development of the company”, Markus Schmedtmann continued. In the future, his sphere of responsibility will include the Mohn media Mohndruck, the parent company, as well as the GGP media printing works including the PSC bookbindery in Pößneck (Thuringia), Vogeldruck in Würzburg, the production facility in Jaroslavl, Russia, Deutscher Supplement Verlag (DSV including TVI), Mohn media Kalender & Promotion Service GmbH and Gütersloher medienfabrik.
Markus Schmedtmann joined Bertelsmann in 1991 and began his career as a consultant and Key Account Manager with AZ Direct. In 1994, he became Distribution Manager, Lettershop, with Bertelsmann Marketing Service GmbH. His activities initially focused on the development of new services and new key accounts. Three years later, he was appointed Customer Loyalty Division Manager with Bertelsmann Marketing Services GmbH, and in 1999 he became a member of the executive management of Arvato direct services. In 2002, he was appointed managing director of Arvato direct services for the customer loyalty as well as print and lettershop divisions. He was very successful in expanding these business segments in the time that followed, and was appointed Chairman and CEO of Arvato direct services in 2007. Markus Schmedtmann was born in Gütersloh in 1970, lives in Bielefeld and is father to two children.
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