Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Axel Springer SE
Ralph Büchi acts as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Berlin-based media group Axel Springer SE. Since 2017, he has also been COO and member of the Executive Board of the Swiss Ringier Group. In combination with this function, Ralph acts as CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Switzerland AG, the Swiss joint venture between Ringier and Axel Springer in Switzerland.
With a master’s degree in economics from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, Ralph began his career in 1981 as a business journalist at Handelszeitung, Zurich, Switzerland’s leading business newspaper. He rose to the role of CEO and in 1992 Ralph became, together with two partners, majority shareholder of the mother company Handelszeitung publishing group.
Following the sale of the Handelszeitung group to Axel Springer AG, Berlin, in 1999, Ralph became CEO of the Swiss daughter company of Axel Springer AG, Berlin. From 2008 until May 2017, Ralph held the office of President of Axel Springer International. In that time, he helped to establish and served on the Supervisory Board of the European edition of POLITICO.
Other activities of Ralph include Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Awin AG (Berlin), Member of the Supervisory Board of SeLoger.com (Paris), Member of the Supervisory Board of Kienbaum AG, Switzerland and Chairman of Carwale.com, Mumbai.
In 2008 Ralph was awarded as “Media Manager of the Year” by the Swiss magazine Schweizer Journalist. Ralph has been a member of the FIPP Management Board since 2008. He is married, with three adult children.Back
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