Mark Evenepoel appointed Managing Director of Saarbrücker media group

04 January 2019

Mark Evenepoel, Amplexor CEO, has been appointed Managing Director of the Saarbrücker Zeitung media group. This follows the reorganization of the group’s management, after Joachim Meinhold, Chairman of the board for more than ten years, retired in the end of 2018. The nomination is a clear recognition from Amplexor’s major shareholder of our leading market position after another strong year and successful clients. The new role doesn't change Mark Evenepoel's current leadership position at Amplexor.

Thomas Deicke, former Managing Director of the Saarbrücker Zeitung group, was appointed spokesman of the management board for Saarbrücker Zeitung Verlag and Druckerei GmbH, with effect from 1 January 2019. He will be responsible for the new business area Markets and Products, which includes the news titles Saarbrücker Zeitung, Trierischer Volksfreund and Pfälzischer Merkur along with their digital offerings, as well as the growth area Digital Solutions.

Thomas Marx, previously Managing Director of the Trierische Volksfreunde, will now accumulate responsibility for the News Ads, Logistics and Organizational Processes divisions. Christian Erhorn continues as Commercial Director and will also be responsible for personnel and legal matters in the future.

“With this reorganization, we rely on proven executives who know our companies, products and markets very well. On the other hand, it creates clear conditions to successfully respond to the changing market dynamics and growth opportunities in the digital media business”, says Johannes Werle, Chairman of Saarbrücker Zeitung media group’s Supervisory Board.

Meinhold began his career as a trainee at Salzgitter AG and assistant to the CEO of Stahlwerke Peine-Salzgitter AG, before obtaining his doctorate in 1987. He then worked as a project manager for a venture capital investment company and as head of legal and acquisitions of the publishing group Georg von Holtzbrinck in Stuttgart. In this role, he was involved in the acquisition of the "Tagesspiegel" in Berlin. As a result, he became its CEO and later spokesman for the management. In 2008 he moved to Saarland. He was instrumental in the transition of the Saarbrücken newspaper group to the new majority shareholder Rheinische Post Mediengruppe in 2012.

The Saarbrücker Zeitung media group employs around 2,800 people - including 950 employees in publishers and editorial offices. The two main shareholders of the Saarbrücker Zeitung group are the Rheinische Post Mediengruppe in Düsseldorf and the Gesellschaft für Staatsbürgerliche Bildung Saar.