Axel Springer SE

Axel Springer SE

Axel Springer SE

Date Founded



Axel-Springer-Strasse 65, Berlin, 10888, DEU

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Employees (Worldwide)

10K - 1M


News & Digital Content
Internet Software & Services
Advertising & Marketing

Company Description

Axel Springer SE is a publishing company, which engages in the provision of print and digital media, and owns and operates digital classifieds portfolio. It operates through the following segments: Classified Ad Models, Paid Models, Marketing Models, and Services/Holding segment. The Classified Ad Models segment predominantly generates revenues in online classified advertising within the areas of jobs, real estate, automobile, and general classified ads. The Paid Models segment encompasses all business models that are primarily used by paying readers. The Marketing Models segment covers all business models involving sales to advertising customers under reach-based or success-based marketing services. The Services/Holding segment comprises the group's services, which include the domestic printing plants, and the holding company functions. The company was founded by Hinrich Springer and Axel Springer in 1946 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.

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Executives & Employees

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Chairman of the Supervisory Board-Xel Springer Digital Classifieds France SAS

Chairman, Sales Impact GmbH & Co Kg Management Board

President, News Media

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

Chief Operations Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Editor-in-Chief, Business Insider Germany-Finanzen.Net

Head, Axel Springer Digital Ventures Inc

Supervisory Board

Geschäftsführer at Axel Springer Gesellschaft fuer Publizistik GmbH & Co.

Independent Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Axel Springer SE

Managing Director at AS Online Beteiligungs GmbH

Chairman-Management Board & President at TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG

Chief Financial Officer at Axel Springer SE

Partner at Heine & Partner

Co-Founder at Palantir Technologies, Inc.

Founder at Prelude Fertility, Inc.

Advisory Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners LP

Vice Chairman of the Board, Senior Independent Director at Accor SA

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Axel Springer Digital Classifieds GmbH operates online classified ads portals. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.

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