Anders Eriksson has been proposed as new business area head for Bonnier News, as well as CEO for Swedish dailies Dagens Nyheter and Expressen and business daily Dagens industri, as well as board chair for southern Swedish newspaper group HD–Sydsvenskan. Anders Eriksson is already part of Bonnier AB’s executive management team and is business area head for Business to Business, which consists of business media and services in the Nordic region, Eastern Europe and Germany.
Under Anders Eriksson’s leadership, the business area Business to Business went from a period of sharply declining revenues and losses related to the financial crisis, to strong growth and profitability. During this time, revenues shifted from 90 percent coming from print, to nearly all revenues coming from new, primarily digital sources. Prior to his start at Bonnier in 2009, he worked with digital businesses, including as European head for Razorfish.
Anders Eriksson will take over as business area head for Bonnier News on June 20. He succeeds Gunilla Herlitz, whose departure was announced in February.
“Year after year, Anders has met or exceeded budgets, and the businesses he’s been responsible for have already come a long way in terms of finding new revenues and establishing long-term economic viability, a journey which all of Bonnier is going through,” says Tomas Franzén, CEO for Bonnier AB. “It’s with this background that he now takes on responsibility for a business area that, aside from its financial importance, also makes up a significant portion of Bonnier’s journalistic heritage.”
“I’m excited and proud to be given the chance to grow and develop Bonnier’s daily newspaper companies together with the strong editorial leaders of each paper,” says Anders Eriksson. “Success in developing new revenue streams for these businesses is important not just for Bonnier but for Swedish journalism in a broader sense as well. It’s a big challenge, but in a few key areas we also have unusually good prospects: We have top journalists, strong brands and owners who think in the long-term.”
“Gunilla Herlitz has succeeded in the extremely important job of achieving good profitability for our daily newspaper companies, which provides a foundation for journalistic initiatives,” says Tomas Franzén. “At the same time, the challenges for the future are great, and Anders Eriksson’s job now is to find and develop new revenues that can provide Dagens industri, Dagens Nyheter, Expressen and HD–Sydsvenskan with success over the long term.”
Following Anders Eriksson’s succession, several divisions of Bonnier’s Swedish Business to Business operations, including business magazines Veckans Affärer and Resumé among others, will become part of the News business area. This is to realize the potential from increased collaboration with, primarily, Dagens industri.
Business to Business CFO Karmo Kaas-Lutsberg will take over as acting head of the business area. The search for a permanent replacement is underway. Anders Eriksson will continue to be involved in Business to Business as chairman of the board for the business area.
For more information:
Anders Eriksson, incoming head of business area, News - tel. +46 (0)70 822 44 14
Tomas Franzén, CEO, Bonnier AB - tel. +46 (0)8 736 40 51
David Salsbäck, director of communications, Bonnier AB - tel. +46 (0)8 736 40 47
About Anders Eriksson: Responsible for Bonnier’s business area Business to Business, which had revenues of SEK 1.32 billion with profits of SEK 171 million in 2015. He has worked at Bonnier since 2009. He has previously been business area head and member of the executive management team of Melbourne IT Ltd, European head at Razorfish Inc, as well as a management consultant at SIAR-Bossard. He is chairman of the board for Denmark’s leading business daily, Dagbladet Børsen, as well as a number of companies within Bonnier Business Press, the parent company for the Business to Business companies; he is also a board member for data company Bisnode.
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