Hubert Burda Media can look back on the best financial year in its corporate history.
Marc Al-Hames (44) will be moving up to the Executive Board of Hubert Burda Media on 1 January 2023. His future remit in CEO Martin Weiss’ team will include BurdaCommerce (currently Cyberport, Computeruniverse), BurdaNext – which manages majority stakes in digital platform companies (currently Nebenan.de) – and the service provider Burda Digital Systems.
Al-Hames will remain CEO of the Holidaycheck Group until further notice. Together with his team, he has been managing the travel platform since 2020, and has steered it in the post-pandemic period into a position of sustained profitability by diversifying its business models and significantly reducing its cost base. Marc Al-Hames, who holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and information technology, has been with Burda since 2011. As Managing Director of Cliqz GmbH, he and Jean-Paul Schmetz launched a novel browser and search service that provides an excellent internet experience while giving users complete control of their data. In 2021, the Cliqz search technology was integrated into the U.S. browser Brave. Among other Cliqz holdings were Ghostery (United States), My Offrz (personalized internet advertising, now at BurdaForward) and a shareholding in the Vietnamese search technology provider CocCoc.
“Marc Al-Hames brings with him a comprehensive understanding of technology and remarkable entrepreneurial qualities. I am therefore extremely pleased to have him working even more intensively on Burda’s future from his new role on the Management Board.”
Paul-Bernhard Kallen, Chairman of the Board of Directors
“I am very pleased that, starting in January, we will have Marc Al-Hames in our Management Board team. His skills and personality will make a tremendous contribution to the Group.”
Martin Weiss, Burda CEO
“Over the last eleven years, I have been able to experience first-hand how diverse and successful Burda is. So I am all the happier to play an even greater role in shaping the company as a member of the Management Board. I would like to thank the Administrative Board and Martin Weiss for the confidence they have placed in me.”
Marc Al-Hames, CEO Holidaycheck Group