Dr. Paul-Bernhard Kallen

“Digitalisation is opening up new opportunities. Our focus is on innovative media products, both domestic and international. Technology is essential for regeneration.”


Paul-Bernhard Kallen, who holds a PhD in Economics, began his career in 1986 as an executive assistant with a family-run machine and plant engineering company in Cologne. Two years later, he moved to the management consulting firm McKinsey and Company, where he spent eight years and worked his way up to partner.

He joined Hubert Burda Media in 1996. Three years later, he became a member of the board and was responsible for finance, building up digital business, expanding activities abroad and realigning the printing division. On 1 January 2010, he took over from Hubert Burda as CEO. As a board member, Paul-Bernhard Kallen is responsible for the media corporation’s holdings and for BurdaDruck.

Holger Eckstein
Board Member

“The world of work is constantly evolving, and companies have to be ready to evolve with it.”


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. Andreas Rittstieg
Board Member

“Freedom to innovate and be creative requires every single one of us to take responsibility. We lead not by setting rules, but by setting an example.”


Andreas Rittstieg worked as a lawyer from 1984 to 2014. After positions with notable law firms in Los Angeles and Tokyo, he joined the Hamburg firm Stegemann, Sieveking & Lutteroth (now Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) in 1987 as an associate, specialising in transaction consulting under company law. In his own law firm Rittstieg Rechtsanwälte, which he founded in 2000 and which became part of the supra-local law firm Gleiss Lutz in 2010, he also focused on consulting for company transactions. He has also acted as arbitrator for a range of company law disputes and served on the supervisory boards of listed and privately held companies. He has been a board member at Hubert Burda Media since 2014 and is responsible for Legal and Compliance.

Martin Weiss
Board Member

"We look forward to expanding our international activities while leveraging Burda's global footprint and rich history in tech and media."


Martin Weiss became a member of Hubert Burda Media in 2017 when he took over responsibilities for the group’s international business from CEO Paul-Bernhard Kallen. In his position, Martin Weiss directs 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 (TIGO:NSQ). 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.

Philipp Welte
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.


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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