Julia Jäkel is an executive with over 20 years’ experience in media and publishing industries. Julia has held various leadership positions in Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA, and has served as a member of Bertelsmann’s Group Management Committee since 2013.
From 2012 to 2021, Julia Jäkel was CEO of Gruner + Jahr, one of Europe’s leading media and publishing companies. In addition, Ms. Jäkel was Chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Content Alliance (2019-2021) which coordinates the Bertelsmann content activities in Germany (Mediengruppe RTL, UFA, Penguin Random House, Gruner + Jahr and the music company BMG).
She also serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf, a member of the Board of Trustees of the DFL Foundation (Bundesliga) and of the Supervisory Board of the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Julia Jäkel holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.