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Hamburg, 27 September 2016 – Alastair Bruce will join the Executive Board of XING AG as Chief Sales Officer (CSO). In this newly created position, he will assume responsibility for XING’s B2B activities. The British-born executive will join the Hamburg team on 1 February 2017. In his current position as managing director of Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, he leads the “Enterprise and Partner Group” for Microsoft’s German subsidery.
“Alastair Bruce is a distinguished and experienced marketing and sales strategist and I am delighted to have him join our team,” says Stefan Winners, chairman of the Supervisory Board of XING AG. “He will help XING expand the already successful B2B activities.”
Thomas Vollmoeller, CEO of XING AG, adds: “Today, XING’s e-recruitment business for corporate clients is our key growth driver. And our B2B businesses for advertising and events have seen double-digit growth rates in the first half of this year. The appointment of Alastair Bruce demonstrates our commitment to sustain our growth.” In mid-September, XING announced its future plans which include revenues of €270-300 million and a €100 million EBITDA by 2020. The B2B activities, headed in the future by Alastair Bruce, will be an important growth driver in this regard.
Educated at Oxford University, Alastair Bruce has held leading marketing, strategy and sales positions at Unilever plc and Mars Inc. in Europe and West Africa. He is founder of the Bruce & Company oHG management consultancy and was managing director at Mercateo AG. Prior to his current role at Microsoft, he held various positions at Google from 2007 to 2014, including Country Sales Director and interim Country Director of Google Germany.
“XING has a fantastic market position and has undergone a remarkable development,” says Alastair Bruce. ”I look very much forward to contributing to the continuation of XING’s success story and, together with my new team, unlocking new potential.” About XING The leading online business network in German-speaking countries supports its members in mastering the transformations taking place in the world of work. XING helps its nearly 11 million members to balance their professional and private life as well as possible within an environment defined by a lack of skilled workers, digitalisation and changing values. To this end, members can visit XING Jobs to look for vacancies that appeal to them, stay up-to-date with news offers by XING, or browse the German-language portal XING spielraum to find out about the trends and changes taking place in the new world of work. At the start of 2015, XING added Jobbörse.com, the largest jobs search engine in German-speaking countries, to its portfolio. Before that, XING had acquired kununu, which as the principal employer review platform in German-speaking countries served to strengthen XING’s leading position within the field of social recruiting. XING was founded in Hamburg, Germany, in 2003, has been publicly listed since 2006, and listed on the TecDAX since September 2011. Members can meet and exchange views in around 80,000 groups, while also getting together at more than 150,000 business-related events every year. XING has more than 900 employees at offices in Hamburg, Munich, Aschaffenburg, Barcelona and Vienna. Visit www.xing.com for more information.
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