Marc Walder (born 19 August 1965) is a Swiss journalist, media executive and former professional tennis player. He is CEO and Managing Partner of Ringier and Chairman of the Group Executive Board.
Walder was a professional tennis player on the ATP Tour from 1984 to 1991. His best ranking in Switzerland was 7, while his top results in the ATP world rankings were 170 (doubles) and 575 (singles), respectively. In 1989, he was double Swiss tennis champion at indoor and outdoor doubles. In 2008 he completed the Advanced Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston.
Following eight years as a tennis pro, Walder embarked on a career at Ringier AG, a Swiss media enterprise, in 1991. He trained at the Ringier School of Journalism in 1993-94. Walder was deputy editor-in-chief of the Sunday tabloid SonntagsBlick from 1997 to 1999 and headed the sports desk at the daily tabloid Blick and SonntagsBlick from 1999 to 2000. During the years 2000 to 2006, Walder served as editor-in-chief of Schweizer Illustrierte. He went on to become editor-in-chief of SonntagsBlick while simultaneously heading the Ringier AG newspaper division. On September 1, 2008, Marc Walder took over as CEO of Ringier Switzerland on the Group Executive Board. As a media executive, Walder is committed to a strategy of diversification. Under his guidance Ringier has supplemented its core business (newspapers, magazines, printing plants) by investing in entertainment (events, ticketing, radio, television) and transaction-based Internet business (online marketplaces, e-commerce). On April 5, 2012, Walder was appointed CEO of Ringier AG and became Chairman of the Group Executive Board. Until March 2013 he additionally served as CEO Ringier Publishing. In 2016, he was jointly responsible for setting up the joint venture Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz AG and Admeira, a joint marketing organization of Ringier and Swisscom. On January 30, 2018, at the Ringier Management Conference was announced that Marc Walder had acquired 10 percent of the shares of the company, thus becoming a Managing Partner.
Walder initiated the «Digital Zurich 2025» project in 2013. Together with representatives of the city, the canton and business leaders, Zurich is to become the digital capital of Europe. In 2016, the initiative was extended to the whole of Switzerland in order to make even greater use of the local advantage. At the same time, «Digital Zurich 2025» was renamed into «digitalswitzerland». In 2017, Walder initiated the first Swiss Digital Day, which took place on November 21. On October 25, 2018, the second edition of the Swiss Digital Day took place under the motto «experience digital together». Walder serves as President of the Steering Committee and as a member of the Executiv Committee at digitalswitzerland.
Marc Walder is a Board member of several subsidiary companies within the diversified Ringier media enterprise. He is Chairman of the Board at Admeira AG, which belongs to the two main shareholders Ringier and Swisscom, InfrontRingier Sports & Entertainment Switzerland AG, the joint venture between Ringier and Infront, the sports marketing company based in Zug, Switzerland, Ringier Africa AG, the daily newspaper Le Temps SA and the online classifieds platform Scout24 Schweiz AG. Walder serves as the Deputy Chairman at the Ticketcorner AG and at the Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz AG, the joint venture between Ringier and German media enterprise Axel Springer SE and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ringier Axel Springer Media AG. He is a member of the Board of JobCloud AG, Marquard Media AG, Sportradar Holding AG as well as a trustee of the Laureus Foundation Switzerland. In May 2012, Walder joined the directorate of the Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft (Swiss Management). In June 2017 Walder was at the constituent meeting of the Advisory Council on Digital Transformation of the Swiss Federal Council, of which he is still a member today.
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