Ringier contracts Ottmar Hitzfeld

Ringier AG has concluded a cooperation agreement with the coach of the Swiss national soccer team Ottmar Hitzfeld (63 years old) valid for several years. Mr. Hitzfeld will be available to assist in several areas in the largest Swiss media company starting from September 2012.

The cooperation between Ottmar Hitzfeld and Ringier AG covers public relations and representative appearances for Ringier as well as journalistic collaboration, including for the Blick Group. In addition, Mr. Hitzfeld will advise Ringier on issues in sports in general and soccer in particular.

The agreement concluded with Ottmar Hitzfeld is long term. Plans are that the current national coach will also continue to assist the media company Ringier AG as senior advisor and ambassador for all matters dealing with sports and soccer even after the end of his coaching career.

Marc Walder, CEO Ringier AG, stated about the cooperation with the national coach: “Ottmar Hitzfeld stands for competence, credibility and integrity. He is going to support our involvement in the area of sports in general and particularly in soccer.”

Ottmar Hitzfeld said about the agreement with Ringier: “I am very much looking forward to professional collaboration with the largest Swiss media company. Ringier is known for its pioneering spirit and its innovation. Sport and soccer are pivotal topics at Ringier.”

Ringier AG, Corporate Communications