Edi Estermann to leave Ringier

Edi Estermann, Chief Communications Officer of the Ringier Group, is leaving the company. After six years in charge of Corporate Communications, he is now moving on to the next stage in his career. Danja Spring, Deputy Chief Communications Officer, will take charge on an interim basis.

Estermann assumed responsibility for communications at Ringier in July 2010. For the next two years, he and his team managed communications for the Ringier companies in Switzerland and Germany. Since 2012, he has had a Group-wide mandate covering all 16 countries in which Ringier now operates.

As Chief Communications Officer, Estermann successfully positioned Ringier as an innovative, digital, international media enterprise. He modernised the Group’s communications activities, oversaw the communication of Ringier’s role in the launch of the Admeira marketing organisation, designed the communications structure of Ringier Axel Springer Switzerland AG and revitalised Ringier’s corporate identity.

Before taking on his communications duties, Edi Estermann headed up the project-management team for the Blick Group’s integrated newsroom. He originally joined Ringier as a journalist in 1998. He then worked as reporter in chief at Schweizer Illustrierte, after which he served as that magazine’s head of news from 2004 to 2008.

In the words of Marc Walder, Ringier AG’s CEO, “Edi Estermann has applied his substantial specialised knowledge to reorganising corporate communications at Ringier, managing the area with great energy and consummate skill. He has harmonised the communications activities throughout our diversified group and across all our individual brands. Thanks to his talent for communication, he has successfully positioned and represented Ringier, both with its internal and external audiences. His decision to leave Ringier is entirely his own. I am deeply grateful to him for the high degree of professionalism he has shown in his work and his unrelenting commitment to our company.”

Danja Spring will assume interim management responsibility for Corporate Communications at the Ringier Group with effect from January 1, 2017. Since August 2011, Ms Spring has held a number of positions in Corporate Communications at the Ringier Group. She has been Deputy Chief Communications Officer since June 2014.

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Ringier is a diversified media enterprise operating in 16 countries and employing some 6,500 people. Established in 1833, Ringier today operates media brands in the print, TV, radio, online and mobile arenas. The company also runs successful publishing, entertainment and internet businesses. Now in operation for more than 180 years, Ringier is noted for its pioneering spirit and individuality and is committed to independence, freedom of expression and diversity of information. Ringier is a family-owned company whose headquarters are in Zurich.