Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP) expands rapidly in 2017

2017 has been another year of high growth for Ringier’s integrated media business in Africa. Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP) is now reaching over 100 million users per month across its Sub-Saharan African markets and platforms with its local love-brand «Pulse» and exclusive, world-renowned publishing license brands, such as «Business Insider», «Men’s Health / Women’s Health» and more to come. This user reach represents a 4-time increase since twelve months ago. On the commercial side, both RADP and its fully client- and market-development focused sub-brand Ringier Digital Marketing (RDM) have been successfully serving over 600 clients – from advertisement to media production to digitalization of entire marketing funnels. It has grown services to cater for both the largest companies across Africa and SMEs.

Overall, the group – the second pillar of Ringier’s involvement in Africa, besides its sister company in the classifieds/marketplaces space, Ringier One Africa Media (ROAM) – has now established their brands and is serving clients with teams on ground in three key African markets, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya, as well as many satellites in French-speaking Africa through Senegal and English-speaking Africa through Kenya. Highlights of the group are its strong video position with «Pulse TV» with over 90 million video views per month; «Pulse Network», working with different third-party partners to develop and monetize their content and platforms as well as «RDM» and its creative «Play Studio» team working with clients on 360 degree marketing set-ups.

So far under the leadership of Leonard Stiegeler, General Manager of Ringier Africa, and Group Executive Board Member Robin Lingg, in 2018 Tim Kollmann will move from MD to CEO of Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP) under the oversight of Group Executive Board Member Ralph Buechi, to be globally in charge of Publishing of Ringier AG. Robin Lingg and Leonard Stiegeler are planned to be elected into the Board of Directors of Ringier Africa AG.

Robin Lingg: «In the past five years, Ringier has built up strong local companies and teams, powerful brands and valuable client relationships in Africa. I am glad to confirm Leonard Stiegeler’s long-term commitment to our African success now also beyond his current instrumental role, on the Board level.»

Leonard Stiegeler: «With the strong backing by Ringier AG, we have with our teams built leading media & classifieds groups in Africa. On the media side, RADP has achieved wide distribution of its brands and services and has been rapidly scaling. I am glad that Tim Kollmann, experienced in various leadership roles in publishing, and his team will further drive this in the years to come.»

Ringier AG, Corporate Communications