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"We trust Mathias completely": KKR partner and Springer supervisory board Philipp Freise on publishing director Döpfner (m +)


The KKR partners Philipp Freise and Henry McVey on their strategy for Axel Springer, their trust in publishing director Mathias Döpfner - and their aggressive investment plan for Europe.

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Media man:

Ex-McKinsey consultant

Philipp Freise

has been working for the US financial investor KKR in London for 20 years with a focus on technology and media.

At Axel Springer and GfK he sits on the supervisory board.


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The entry into the German media group Axel Springer ("Bild", "Welt", "Business Insider") was the latest spectacular deal by the holding company KKR in Germany. The US-Americans hold more than 35 percent of the shares, the co-head of the European private equity business,

Philipp Freise

, sits on the supervisory board. Together with

Henry McVey

, who is responsible for the company's own investments from New York, Freise explains KKR's aggressive expansion plans in an interview - and comments on the future of Axel Springer.

The conversation was held before the separation from "Bild" editor-in-chief

Julian Reichelt

as a result of new allegations of abuse of power.

KKR declined to answer additional questions about the situation or criticism of Springer CEO

Mathias Döpfner


The "Bild" scandal comes at a sensitive point in time: Springer is - thanks in part to the capital of KKR - facing the purchase of the US political medium "Politico", which has a strong influence in Washington.

How Döpfner deals with Reichelt's personalities and the culture in the editorial office is also receiving a lot of attention there.

In an interview Freise said: "We trust Mathias completely."

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Source: spiegel

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