Editor change at Die Welt as Axel Springer packs resources behind new mobile news app

Top names in leadership team for aggregated news app UPDAY as it is released in Germany and Poland.Top names in leadership team for aggregated news app UPDAY as it is released in Germany and Poland.

by WAN-IFRA Staff | September 3, 2015

Axel Springer has underlined the importance of its new aggregated news app, UPDAY by supporting it with a high-powered management team.

UPDAY, developed in co-operation with Samsung, was rolled out to selected Samsung users in Germany and Poland today.

Peter Würtenburger, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Axel Springer, has been appointed CEO of UPDAY.

Jan-Eric Peters, the editor of Die Welt, has been appointed the position of Chief Product Officer and Deputy CEO of UPDAY. Under his new role, Peters will be responsible for directing the editorial and product management of the app at all locations. In addition, he will be responsible for all journalistic content and product development.

Publisher Stefan Aust, 69, will assume his duties as provisional Editor-in-Chief of WELTN24 from January, acting in close cooperation with the deputy Editors-in-Chief, Ulf Poschardt, 48, and Arne Teetz, 48.

In other changes, Daniel Keller, former Chief Information Officer of Axel Springer SE, has been appointed UPDAY’s Chief Technology Officer. Keller has most recently been working on the technological development of strategic digital products for the company.

Thomas Hirsch, former assistant to the chairman of Axel Springer, will take the position of Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer of UPDAY, responsible for the commercial management of the app.

CEO of Axel springer SE, Mathias Döpfner has praised Mr Würtenbuer and Mr Peters as “two real digital innovators”. He added “Together with Daniel Keller and Thomas Hirsch, the team has the best possible structure to successfully position UPDAY on the market.”


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