Ladina Heimgartner (40) will be Head Global Media for Ringier AG at Group Management level and President of Blick Group on October 1, 2020. Today, the Global Media division comprises approximately 120 media brands in 12 countries. Ladina Heimgartner takes over the area from Thomas Spiegel (37), who has decided to leave the company due to differing opinions about the strategic direction.
The Corporate Center, which consists of Corporate Communications, Legal, HR and Data Protection, and which was previously led by Ladina Heimgartner, is now managed directly by CEO Marc Walder (55).
«I apologize to Thomas Spiegel as Head of Global Media and CEO of Blick Group. I want to thank him for his commitment and wish Thomas Spiegel all the best for his next professional career, says Walder. Thomas Spiegel: “Sometimes it does not go as everyone involved imagined. I am very grateful to Ringier and Marc Walder for respecting my wish to leave. I’m still very attached to the company. “
Optimally placed in transformation times
With Ladina Heimgartner, a manager takes over the important journalistic field within the Ringier Group, who in recent years has proven that she has an excellent understanding of the transformation of the media industry. Ladina Heimgartner will set up an international media unit at group level that will drive and coordinate the further development of our media brands in Switzerland, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa “, says Marc Walder about the new appointment to the Global Media division and the management of Blick Group.
“I leave the business center with a weeping eye, but at the same time I look forward to starting the Global Media Unit and working with colleagues from Blick Group. Rarely has the media situation been as challenging as it is today. The greater my motivation to continue to do everything I can for the media, says Ladina Heimgartner about her upcoming move.
Thomas Spiegel will continue to work for Ringier until the beginning of 2021 to ensure the handover and complete important projects.
In the future, the Group Management for Ringier AG will consist of: Marc Walder (CEO), Annabella Bassler (CFO), Ladina Heimgartner (Head Global Media, CEO Blick Group), Robin Lingg (Head Global Marketplaces) and Alexander Theobald (COO) Switzerland and VD RASCH).