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New chairman of Egmont

Lars-Johan Jarnheimer becomes chairman of Egmont. Steen Riisgaard resigns after 15 years at Egmonts board of directors. Egmont elects Josh Bottomley and Christian Wegner as new directors of the board.

Lars-Johan Jarnheimer (57) is appointed chairman of the board of directors in Egmont Foundation and Egmont International Holding A/S. Jarnheimer is Swedish and joined Egmont’s board of directors in 2011. He was previously CEO of Tele2 AB. Jarnheimer is chairman of INGKA Holding BV (IKEA-group), Qliro AB, Arvid Nordquist and board member in SAS Group and Elite Hotels.

Steen Riisgaard (65) resigns from Egmont’s board of directors after 15 years tenureship, a period during which Egmont has increased its business and donations significantly. 

Egmont has elected two new members with strong profiles from media and consumer tech industry:

Josh Bottomley (49) is global head of digital at HSBC, a leading global banking group. Bottomley was previously global head of display advertising at Google. He has a background in general management roles in the media, financial and consultancy industry, including The Financial Times Group, Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Co. Josh Bottomley is British and holds an economics MA from Trinity College, Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.

Dr. Christian Wegner (42) was until recently with ProSiebenSat.1, a leading Free-TV broadcaster in Germany. Wegner has been Chief Digital Officer and member of the executive board responsible for the Venture, Digital and eCommerce businesses. Before joining P7S1, he worked at McKinsey & Co. Christian Wegner is German and holds an MBA from Johannes-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt, and a Ph.D. from Witten-Herdecke University.

“The Board thanks Steen Riisgaard for his dedicated work as chairman of Egmont. Since he joined in 2002 the group has developed Egmont’s commercial and charitable activities in this disruptive market significantly. I would also like to welcome the two new board members, Josh Bottomley and Christian Wegner. The board will be supplemented with two profiles with rich international experience from media, consumer friendly technology and digital development”, says Lars-Johan Jarnheimer. 

“Being a part of Egmont’s strong development and growth for the last 15 years has been an exciting journey. I am proud of Egmont’s unique productions, its results, the profound digital transformation and the lasting social impact through its charitable activities in Denmark and Norway”, says Steen Riisgaard.

On the Board are also Torben Ballegaard Sørensen who has been elected new vice chairman, Ulrik Bülow, Jeppe Skadhauge, Martin Enderle and the employee representatives Marianne Oehlenschlaeger, Tine Staunsager and Anna von Lowzow.