Sanoma has named Jean-Emmanuel de Witt as the new CEO of Sanoma Independent Media. De Witt will begin the position on 1 April.
De Witt joins Sanoma from Russian publisher Hearst Shkulev Media, where he was senior vice president CIS and group publisher. In his role at Hearst Shkulev Media, de Witt was head of the company’s operations. He set up the digital activities and grew the market share of the magazine portfolio.
Harri-Pekka Kaukonen, president and CEO of Sanoma Group said: “I am very happy that Jean-Emmanuel De Witt is joining Sanoma to lead our Russian operations and develop the company further towards a multi-channel future. Media companies everywhere are facing tough market challenges. I believe that Jean-Emmanuel and the strong Russian team will be able to build on our leading position in the glossy market and reach new heights.”
“I am very much looking forward to working with the team that has built Sanoma Independent Media into the leading glossy publisher,” said de Witt. “This provides a great base to work on new things as well. I think we are ready to take the company to the next level and I am poised to steer Sanoma Independent Media through these exciting times.”