Ringier AG appoints Susanne Jud as new Chief People Officer and Johanna Walser as Chief Communications Officer

Susanne Jud was appointed Chief People Officer (CPO) of Ringier AG on 1 November 2020, while Johanna Walser, previously Head of PR, has held the position of Chief Communications Officer (CCO) since October. In their new roles, both are now members of the extended Executive Board of Ringier AG. Both People Management and Corporate Communications form part of the Ringier Corporate Center and report to Ringier CEO Marc Walder.

Experienced HR manager Susanne Jud, who has performed a range of managerial functions within HR at Ringier AG since 2018, was appointed Chief People Officer on 1 November 2020. At the same time, the HR department, which Jud took over ad interim in August 2020, has been renamed People Management. Before her time at Ringier, Jud spent several years in various HR functions at tpc/SRF and Orell Füssli. The qualified HR manager has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management, as well as a CAS in both Strategic Management and Organisation Development and Consulting.

Marc Walder, CEO Ringier AG: ‘We have decided to rename Human Resources ‘People Management’ to symbolise a change in thinking within our management – and to highlight the focus on participation, development and inclusion. These are the central goals for which a company’s Chief People Officer (CPO) is responsible. As our transformation process continues, Ringier aims to set an example with its approach to people management.’

Johanna Walser has been Chief Communications Officer at Ringier AG since 1 October 2020, having previously taken over the management of Corporate Communications at Ringier AG back in November 2019 on an ad interim basis. She has been working for Ringier since 2017, initially as Head of Corporate Communications for the joint venture Ringier Axel Springer Media AG and subsequently as Communications Manager specialising in Global Marketplaces for Ringier AG. She was appointed Deputy CCO in 2018. Before joining Ringier, she worked as Communications Manager at Distrelec, a company belonging to the listed Dätwyler Group. Walser graduated with a Master of Arts from the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen.

Marc Walder, CEO Ringier AG: ‘I am delighted that we were able to appoint Susanne Jud, an established HR expert, and Johanna Walser, an experienced communicator, to these two key strategic functions – both from our own ranks. The media industry is changing at a rapid pace, and people management and communication are vitally important to this process.’

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