Tamedia CPO leaves for the Spiegel

Christoph Zimmer, chief product officer at Tamedia AG, a Zurich-based subsidiary of TX Media, will leave the Swiss-based media house after 16 years to become head of product development for German group Spiegel. The appointment will take effect on November 1.

As part of a dual management team, Zimmer will lead product and sales and drive the group’s priority payment strategy. He will succeed Stefan Ottlitz, also co-chief executive of the publishing house Spiegel since 2020.

“We want to strengthen our influence with this exceptional colleague. We have a consistent pay-first strategy, which has become the central pillar for the growth of our brands, and Christoph knows like few others the challenges of a media house that produces high-quality journalism at great expense” , Ottlitz said.

From 2006 to 2018, Zimmer (LinkedIn Profile) headed communications at Tamedia AG, where he was responsible for projects such as the construction of the new headquarters and the development of opinion polls. In 2019, he took over as CPO.

Together with his team, Zimmer built the product team in its current form and took responsibility for the digital editorial team in French-speaking Switzerland, in addition to the digital editorial teams in German-speaking Switzerland in 2021.

“Christoph Zimmer has made a significant contribution to the digital transformation of Tamedia’s brands and newsrooms. And with measurable success: the number of digital subscriptions has more than doubled in the last three years,” said Marco Boselli, co-CEO of Tamedia.

Founded in 1893, the TX Group is headquartered in Zurich and is the second largest media company in Switzerland (after SRG SSR), active in print, online and radio publishing. In fiscal 2021, the group employed 3,627 full-time associates in Switzerland, Denmark, Luxembourg and Germany, among other countries. The publisher owns, among other well-known media products, the Tages-Anzeiger, a Swiss national daily.

The Coninx founding family still holds a majority stake in the media group, which has been listed on the Swiss stock exchange since 2000.

TX Group is also part of the Swiss Marketplace Group (SMG), a joint venture between Scout24 Switzerland and TX Markets which consists of a network of online marketplaces.

The Spiegel Group is a Hamburg-based media company, whose parent company is Rudolf Augstein GmbH and whose majority owners are Kommanditgesellschaft Beteiligungsgesellschaft für Spiegel-Mitarbeiter mbH & Co, Gruner + Jahr GmbH and the community of Augstein heirs. In addition to the print news magazine Spiegel, the publishing house also runs Manager Magazin, Harvard Business Manager, Spiegel TV and more.

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