Hamburg, 30 September 2015 – XING AG, operator of the leading online business network in German-speaking countries, is establishing an editorial team for journalistic content. Roland Tichy (59), former editor-in-chief at German weekly business news magazine WirtschaftsWoche, will assume the role of publisher for XING’s new news offerings. Jennifer Lachman (33), former team leader and editor at Financial Times Deutschland, has been appointed editor-in-chief. Thomas Vollmoeller, CEO at XING AG, said: “We’re extremely happy to have Roland Tichy and Jennifer Lachman – both of whom are highly experienced journalists – on board so we can continue to grow our content offering. Thanks to our Industry News and news pages, we’re already one of the largest distributors of business and career news in German-speaking countries. Now we want to complement all of this with journalistic content and various other new offerings. And, in true XING style, all of this will be tailored to the German-speaking market.” A new media offering is set to be launched during the MEDIENTAGE MÜNCHEN convention in Munich from 21-23 October. It will present current relevant topics from skilled business authors and continue the discussion with XING members with the aim of making 9 million users’ business expertise available for public debate and putting their personal career to use. With this new planned editorial offering, XING is continuing its content offensive in order to help members stay up to date with the latest career news. XING already provides its members with tailored news for 25 industries, thereby reaching around 2 million regular readers every month. XING also introduced its news pages during the first half of the year with over 100 publishers, e.g. manager magazin, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, WirtschaftsWoche and various specialist industry services, already providing XING users with their content. These pages have already amassed more than 500,000 followers, and this figure is set to continue rising. Roland Tichy and Jennifer Lachman both have a wealth of business journalism experience. Tichy has worked for several well-known German business magazines and was editor-in-chief at WirtschaftsWoche until July 2014. He is the founder and author of the German-language blog “Tichys Einblick”, is a columnist for various newspapers, and chairman of the Ludwig Erhard Foundation (Ludwig-Erhard-Stiftung). Business journalist Jennifer Lachman’s previous positions include team leader and editor at Financial Times Deutschland, and posts as a US correspondent and at German public radio and television broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Tichy and Lachman will both be attending the MEDIENTAGE MÜNCHEN convention where they will talk with other experts about
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XING is the social network for business contacts. XING has more than 9.2 million users in its core German-speaking market, 9 million of whom are XING platform members. XING is a platform where professionals from all kinds of different industries can meet up, find jobs, colleagues, new assignments, cooperation partners, experts, generate business ideas and get informed about latest industry topics. Members can meet and exchange views in over 74,000 specialist groups, while also getting together at networking events. The platform is operated by XING AG, which was founded in Hamburg, Germany, in 2003, has been publicly listed since 2006, and listed on the TecDAX since September 2011. In December 2010, XING acquired amiando AG, a Munich-based company and Europe’s leading provider of online event management and ticketing. Since the end of 2013 the company has been trading under the name XING EVENTS GmbH. The acquisition of kununu, the leading platform for employer reviews in German-speaking countries, allows XING to extend its position as the social recruiting market leader. At the start of 2015 XING also acquired Intelligence Competence Center AG, including its Jobbörse.com website which is the largest jobs search engine in German-speaking countries with over 2.5 million jobs.