Dr. Marc Al-Hames
Executive Board Member

“At Burda we use the best technologies creating content, products and services which entertain, add value and inform.”


Marc Al-Hames appointment to the Board of Hubert Burda Media takes effect from 01.01.2023. His areas of responsibility include BurdaCommerce (e.g. Cyberport and Computeruniverse), HolidayCheckBurdaNext, which manages majority shareholdings in digital platform companies (e.g. Nebenan.de and Cliqz), and the service provider Burda Digital Systems.

Al-Hames joined Burda in 2011, as Head of Corporate Development and Member of the Management Board at Tomorrow Focus AG, now HolidayCheck Group AG. From 2013, he was managing director of Cliqz GmbH, a majority-owned subsidiary of Hubert Burda Media, for seven years. From 2020 to 2024, he was CEO of the Group subsidiary HolidayCheck Group AG. Before joining Burda, he was project manager at McKinsey & Company.

Holger Eckstein
Executive Board Member

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


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.”


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.”


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.

Executive 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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