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Julia Jäkel

Board member

Julia Jäkel is an executive with over 25 years’ experience in media and tech industries and currently serves as a non-executive director and advisor. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and the European Advisory Board of Google Cloud.

Julia has held various leadership positions in Bertelsmann SE & Co, 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, she 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).

Julia Jäkel is particularly engaged in the intersection between business, politics and society. She serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of the German Press Agency DPA, and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, is member of the Board of Trustees of the University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), and of the DFL Foundation (German Football League). She currently chairs the “Zukunftsrat”, the Council for the Reform of the German Public Broadcasting system.

Julia holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Julia Jäkel