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May 23, 2019

Tibor Kovács will be appointed new CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Hungary

Ringier Axel Springer Media AG will appoint Tibor Kovács new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ringier Axel Springer Hungary as of September 1st, 2019. The current CEO, József Bayer, and COO, Mária Király, have announced their retirement from the company.

József Bayer and Mária Király have decided to retire and step down as board members after successfully leading the company for 30 years. From September on Tibor Kovács will be the new CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Hungary.

Tibor Kovács has been a management member and later CEO of Lapcom Zrt. since 2013. Earlier in his professional carrier he had already been working for Ringier Group: between 1999-2006 he was the head of HR and later the head of division of Ringier Kft., publishing house of Blikk daily among other media products. After 2010 he also took part in the preparations for the establishment of Ringier Axel Springer in Hungary. Since 2011 he has been holding the position of Chairman of The Hungarian Publishers’ Association.

Mark Dekan, CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Media: 

Tibor Kovács is an experienced manager, who has been working on the Hungarian media market for over 20 years, among others also supporting the process of establishment of Ringier Axel Springer Hungary. His extensive market expertise, excellent know-how and a passion for people will allow us to further develop the market position of our media brands and pursue our mission to empower independent journalism in Hungary.

Jan Bayer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ringier Axel Springer Media: 

Jan Bayer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ringier Axel Springer Media: József Bayer is a true entrepreneur and an exceptional manager. It is particularly thanks to him that Axel Springer was able to start its business in Budapest thirty years ago, thereby creating the foundation for what has now become a highly successful pillar of Ringier Axel Springer Media’s geographical portfolio. On behalf of the board, I thank him deeply for everything that he has done for our company and wish him the very best for the next chapter in his life.

About Ringier Axel Springer Hungary

Ringier Axel Springer Hungary is one of the leading media groups in Hungary. Its portfolio includes strong brands like market leader Blikk, as well as Blikk.hu, Kiskegyed, GLAMOUR and Profession.hu. Budapest-based Ringier Axel Springer Hungary Ltd. has over 400 employees and is the subsidiary of Ringier Axel Springer Media AG, the Swiss-German owned media group, which operates in Central and Eastern Europe and manages an extensive portfolio of more than 200 digital and print products in the expanding markets of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

Press contact:
Eszter Varga
Corporate Communications Manager
Ringier Axel Springer Hungary Kft.
M: +36 30 606 7215
eszter.varga@ringieraxelspringer.hu