After more than 13 years as editor-in-chief, CEO and in recent years, as business area head, Gunilla Herlitz has decided to leave her position at Bonnier News. She will continue until summer 2016, and a search for her replacement is underway.
Gunilla Herlitz, with a background as a reporter and news editor for Swedish national dailies Dagens industri and Expressen, among others, she became editor-in-chief for Dagens industri in 2003 and eventually CEO. She moved on in 2009 to take on the role of publisher for Dagens Nyheter. Since 2011, she has also been board chair for southern Swedish daily Sydsvenskan and printer group Bold. As head of the Bonnier News business area, in 2014 she also became CEO forExpressen and Dagens industri.
Bonnier AB’s CEO Tomas Franzén says:
“Gunilla Herlitz has made decisive contributions to Bonnier. During a very critical stage, she led Dagens Nyheter from big losses in 2008 and 2009 to many successive years of stable profits and record-high reader revenues. Our daily newspapers’ results for 2015, with continued increased profits in a very tough market, is the latest example of Gunilla’s successful efforts, done in close cooperation with the powerful editorial leaders of each of the newspapers. Now that Gunilla has decided to move on, she will be leaving a void, but I understand her decision after many years in top management within Bonnier.”
Gunilla Herlitz says:
"Nothing is more fun than working in media. That's what I thought in 1984 when I started as a reporter, and I still think so. It has been an fantastic privilege to work with so many incredibly gifted people and with owners who take the long view. Finding ourselves in the middle of a huge shift has been stimulating, and I'm convinced that the journalism we do has never been more important than it is today.
"But it's time for me to do something else, what that will be I don't know yet. It certainly will be a freer existence, which I'm looking forward to.
"The newspapers within Bonnier News are doing well. Our journalism reaches more people than ever before, and profits are stable in a time where many media companies have it very tough. We've made big digital investments and changes, which make me feel we have a bright future."
Gunilla Herlitz will continue as head of the business area until summer, and the process of finding a replacement has already started.
“Now we have a great opportunity to solve the issue of a successor without rushing, finding the leadership for News that will secure a continued focus on digital services and revenues, while our newspapers develop their journalistic products,” says Tomas Franzén.
For more information, please contact
Gunilla Herlitz +46 8-738 19 21
Tomas Franzén +46 8-736 40 00
Bonnier is an international multi-channel media group.