Mathias Döpfner is Chief Executive Officer of German media group Axel Springer SE and President of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV). Germany-based Axel Springer owns newspapers, magazines, TV channels, radio stations, and websites in 35 countries.
Its biggest titles in Germany include the daily newspapers B.Z., Bild, and Die Welt. In 2016, Axel Springer acquired 88% of Business Insider for $343 million in cash, bringing its total stake up to 97%.
Mathias Döpfner regularly speaks out on media and socio-political, economic and cultural issues. He has repeatedly commented on the subjects of freedom and digitization as well. European Business Press Association awarded Mr Döpfner its ‘manager of the year’ award in 2016.