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Hamburg, January 17, 2011 - Jens Pape (44) is to become the new Chief Technological Officer (CTO) at the publicly listed XING AG from March 1, 2011. He will take over from current CTO Michael Otto who has decided to leave on January 31 at his own request after seven years at the Hamburg-based company with the aim of setting up a new firm.
Jens Pape is currently Vice President Online at Telefónica o2 Germany where he is responsible for turning the company into an online-centric business. In this role he reports directly to the CEO. Prior to this position, Jens was CIO and member of the board at Hansenet, during which time he was responsible among other things for migrating AOL customer data to the Hansenet environment. Before becoming CIO, Jens, a qualified engineer, held the position of CTO and member of the board at AOL Deutschland for a number of years. Jens Pape will assume all of Michael Otto’s duties when he starts at XING, meaning that he will be responsible for driving the platform from a technological perspective, for ensuring its smooth operation, and for realizing new features along with project management work.
Jens Pape said that “The XING platform has always been characterized by its innovative and useful applications for business professionals and companies alike. I’m looking forward to supporting XING's growth in my role as CTO."
Stefan Gross-Selbeck, CEO at XING AG, said that “We would like to thank Michael Otto for his excellent and successful work over the years. He supported the company right from day one, and his expertise made a major contribution to the success of the XING platform. We wish him all the best both in his private life and his future career.” Stefan Gross-Selbeck also added that “
As Michael Otto’s successor, Jens Pape brings vast expertise and many years of experience in the online business, both of which are sure to help drive XING both from a technological and entrepreneurial perspective. We look forward to him joining the Executive Board.”
XING is the social network for business professionals. More than 10 million members worldwide use XING to boost their business, job, and career. XING is a platform where professionals from all kinds of different industries can meet up, find jobs, colleagues, new assignments, cooperation partners, experts and generate business ideas. Members can meet and exchange views in over 40,000 specialist groups, while also getting together at networking events. The platform is operated by XING AG, which was founded in Hamburg, Germany, in 2003 and has been publicly listed since 2006. In December 2010, XING acquired amiando AG, a Munich-based company and Europe’s leading provider of online event management and ticketing. Please visit www.xing.com for more information.