Success story Toca Boca, which in five years has gone from idea to 140 million downloads of its digital toys, is getting a new owner. The buyer is Canadian toy and entertainment company Spin Master.
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.
Bonnier AB’s operating profit (EBITA) for 2015 was SEK 1.01 billion* compared to SEK 1.10 billion the previous year, which was an EBITA margin of 3.9 percent (4.7 percent). The group’s revenues amounted to SEK 25.9 billion (SEK 23.7 billion).
Bonnier has signed an agreement to sell Børsen, Denmark’s leading business newspaper, to JP/Politikens Hus. The agreed purchase price is DKK 800 million.
Lotta Edling has been appointed new editor-in-chief and publisher of Dagens industri by the paper's board of directors. She succeeds Peter Fellman, who is leaving his position at the end of the year after more than six years as editor-in-chief to be Dagens industri’s proposed correspondent in New York.
Lars Dahmén, currently CEO for southern Swedish daily newspaper company HD–Sydsvenskan, will take over as head of Bonnier’s business area Magazines at the beginning of 2016, when current head Michael Cordsen retires. On August 1, 2015, Dahmén will also take on the post of CEO for Swedish magazine publisher Bonnier Tidskrifter, succeeding Mats Carleson.
Bonnier AB’s operating profit for 2014 amounted to SEK 1.1 billion*, compared with SEK 1.17 billion the previous year, which resulted in an EBITA margin of 4.7 percent (4.8). The group’s revenues were SEK 23.7 billion (24.35), which is a change of -2.7 percent.
Fredrik Linton will join Bonnier AB’s executive management team as head of Corporate Development and M&A as of Dec. 1. Most recently, he has been at Swedish investment bank Carnegie, and previously worked as head of strategy and M&A for Swedish telecom firm Tele2, where he was also part of senior management.
To strengthen cooperation among Bonnier’s business areas as well as to clarify and enhance executive leadership, Bonnier AB has recruited three new key people to senior management. Jan Lund will serve as new Director of Business Development and Strategy, and Niklas Hydén has been appointed Chief Procurement Officer and Program Management Officer. As announced earlier this month, Anki Ahrnell will be the new Chief Digital Officer.
Bonnier News is establishing a common business area executive team for its papers Dagens industri, Dagens Nyheter and Expressen. In conjunction with the change, Gunilla Herlitz, head of the Bonnier News business area, will take over as CEO for Dagens industri. The changes are effective October 1.