York Walterscheid (42) to join CeleraOne GmbH as Managing Director starting from November 1, 2019. He will manage the company together with founder and Managing Director Moritz Hilger. At the same time, interim Managing Director Samir Fadlallah will retire from the management board and continue to concentrate on his duties as Chief Information Officer at Axel Springer SE and Managing Director of SPRING Axel Springer Digital News Media GmbH & Co. KG.
With York Walterscheid, CeleraOne has gained an experienced manager for its customer business who will be responsible for further expansion of its presence in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and for the planned internationalization. York Walterscheid has extensive expertise in the national and international publishing industry. Prior to his move, he was responsible for marketing, sales and customer success as CRO at the software publishing specialist Sprylab GmbH.
"With many years of experience in supporting publishing and media companies in the area of production software, York Walterscheid has the ideal prerequisites for CeleraOne's expansion plans," says Moritz Hilger, founder and long-standing managing director of CeleraOne.
"I look very much forward to the new task and challenge. I am convinced that we will continue CeleraOne’s success story," said York Walterscheid.
In the future, the management will be supported by a Board of Directors, which will include Moritz Hilger, York Walterscheid, Sven Wittenberg (Director Operations), Michael Gernandt (Director Product) and founder Tim Eggert (Director Technology).
Axel Springer acquires paid content technology company CeleraOne
Expansion of technology and data competence / Axel Springer becomes a technology provider in the area of paid content
Axel Springer acquires CeleraOne GmbH, a leading provider of paid content technology in Germany. The acquisition strengthens Axel Springer’s IT expertise in a strategic core area. At the same time, the company becomes a technology provider in the growth business of payment technology.
CeleraOne, founded in 2012, specializes in the real-time processing of large data volumes and is a service provider for numerous German and Swiss publishers with its solutions for paid content technology. At Axel Springer, CeleraOne has already been applied in the paid content offerings of WELT and BILD since their launches in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Founders Moritz Hilger and Tim Eggert will remain with CeleraOne for the long term and will continue in their current positions. The business with artificial intelligence solutions for the steel industry is no longer part of CeleraOne and will be headed by co-founder Dr Falk-Florian Henrich.
Stephanie Caspar, CEO News Media National & Technology Axel Springer SE: “Users’ willingness to pay has increased significantly worldwide. Paid content technology is one of the key value drivers of the digital distribution business. With the acquisition of CeleraOne we combine three goals: investment in a growth business, the further expansion of technology and data competence as well as the constant development of paid journalistic offerings.”
Moritz Hilger, founder and CEO of CeleraOne: “We are pleased to have found a strong partner in Axel Springer for the further development of our platform. Combining great experience and innovative technologies, we will be able to support providers of paid content offerings with our solutions even better in the future.”