Martin Weiss
CEO

"Burda designs products and solutions that make people's lives more enjoyable, colourful and diverse."

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Martin Weiss has been serving as CEO of the Burda Group since January 1st, 2022. He became a member of Hubert Burda Media in 2015 when he took over responsibilities for the group’s international business from former CEO Paul-Bernhard Kallen. In his position, Martin Weiss directed BurdaInternational which bundles the worldwide activities of Hubert Burda Media in 16 countries, BurdaPrincipal Investments, the company’s growth capital arm that supports fast-growing digital companies in the technology and media industry (e.g. Vinted, Skillshare, Notonthehighstreet, Carsome, Bloom&Wild) and Burda’s central M&A department. In addition, Martin Weiss serves as Chairman of the Board of New Work SE (NWO:FRA).

Prior to joining Hubert Burda Media, Martin Weiss was a member of the executive team at international telecommunications and media company Millicom (NASDAQ:TIGO). There, he was in charge of the expansion and transformation of the company’s digital activities in Latin America, the US and Africa. He was also founder and partner of the strategy consulting firm Solon, heading its London office between 2008 and 2013.

Holger Eckstein
Executive Board Member

"Stable, balanced and high cash-flow businesses are our innovation drivers."

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Holger Eckstein studied economics at the University of Duisburg. He then obtained his Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, Pennsylvania (USA). He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

From 1990 to 1995, Eckstein worked in Corporate Controlling/Mergers & Acquisitions at the chemicals and pharmaceutical company Hoechst AG. He then joined Hubert Burda Media as Director Corporate Controlling. Six years later, he became managing director of Burda Services. Eckstein has been a member of the board and CFO of the media corporation since 2009.

Dr. Katharina Herrmann
Executive Board Member

“Trust and taking responsibility are the twin pillars of effective cooperation and the prerequisite for our commercial success.”

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Katharina Herrmann was appointed to the Hubert Burda Media Executive Board on 1 January 2022, where she is responsible for the newly created unit Human Resources and Compliance. Since 1 October 2018, she had been Director of Human Resources at the company, heading the Group-wide Human Resources division. 

Previously, Herrmann was Chief Human Resources Officer and Director of Labour at 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, a German-owned transmission system operator in Berlin. As an Executive Board member, she was responsible for HR and Health & Safety and was also a member of the Compliance Committee. Before joining 50Hertz, she had written a Ph.D. in classical philology and worked for eight years at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant where her remit focussed on HR and talent management. 

Philipp Welte
Executive Board Member

“People in Germany love magazines and will continue to trust in journalism as long as it is done with passion.”

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Philipp Welte was born in 1962 and trained as a newspaper journalist. After studying political science and empirical cultural studies at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, he became a freelance journalist. In 1992, he moved to Leipzig to work at MDR, a public service broadcaster that was being developed as part of the ARD network.

He joined Hubert Burda Media in 1994 as head of communications. In late 1998, as managing director, he assumed responsibility for Bunte magazine. It was in this capacity that he launched the German edition of InStyle in 1999, the world’s first franchise of the successful US brand. He also founded the Burda People Group, which encompassed the STARnetONE entertainment unit in Berlin – the unit that produces Bambi, Europe’s most important media award.

In late 2006, Welte moved to Axel Springer, where he was appointed CEO of Bild T-Online AG in 2007 and became responsible for what is now Bild.de. In early 2008, he was named Chief Marketing Officer and managed Axel Springer Media Impact, the emerging multi-channel marketer. At the end of 2008, he was appointed to the Hubert Burda Media management board and has been in charge of the corporation’s national publishing business ever since.

Board

All passionate entrepreneurs, Burda’s board members believe their key task to be creating a home for the most talented entrepreneurs to shape the future together. Through diversified business models such as advertising, sales, commissions and retail, we have established a stable commercial basis that acts a springboard for new ideas.

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