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Dr. Jens Körner takes over as CEO of the ad pepper media group

Dr. Jens Körner appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ad pepper media International N.V. and sole member of the group’s Management Board.

Nuremberg, 20 March 2017.

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Jens Körner has for the past ten years managed the finances of the ad pepper media group. In this capacity, he accompanied the group’s turnaround and was a key player in making a success of this. The strategic realignment of the performance marketing group led to record sales of EUR 61,164k in 2016 – the highest figure in the company’s history.

Jens Körner has been a member of the Management Board of ad pepper media International N.V. since November 2006 and previously already played a major role in shaping the company’s IPO. As CEO, he will succeed Dr. Ulrike Handel, who left the group’s Management Board at the end of February.

With his longstanding experience, Jens Körner will work on sustainably developing the ad pepper media group, which comprises the companies ad pepper media, Webgains, and ad agents. In his new role as CEO, he will be focusing on the strategic expansion of the individual performance marketing companies and on enhancing proprietary technologies. He will also be investigating opportunities for suitable acquisitions aimed at further promoting the group’s growth.

“We are delighted to see Dr. Jens Körner in the position of CEO“, comments Michael Oschmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the ad pepper media group. “His all-round expertise, long track record at the company, and in-depth understanding of the operating business will ensure that the transformation process already initiated at the ad pepper media group is continued in an economically viable manner”.

ad pepper media International N.V. is the holding company of what is one of the leading international performance marketing groups. It was founded in 1999 and has been listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since its IPO in 2000. With seven companies in four European countries and the USA, the ad pepper media group offers global performance marketing solutions to customers such as Samsung, Nike, ERGO (Direkt) or Opel. ad pepper media International N.V. comprises ad pepper media (lead generation), ad agents (performance marketing agency), and Webgains (affiliate marketing network). A total of 170 employees work at the Group’s holding and operating companies.

2017-08-11T13:31:38+02:0020. March 2017|Presse|

ad pepper media International N.V. Sells Its Marketing Business Unit mediasquares to Ströer Digital Media

Connected through cooperation in the area of data-driven business models


Nuremberg, 17 September 2014.

Effective 17 September 2014, ad pepper media International N.V. will sell its marketing business unit to Ströer Digital Media, where it will be bundled into the new unit ‘mediasquares Ströer.’ mediasquares is a leading specialized marketing company in the field of product and service provider searches with clients such as markt.de, billiger.de, gelbeseiten.de, telefonbuch.de, and dasoertliche.de. The well-performing portfolio reaches more than 17 million unique users, ranking it No. 11 in the listing of marketing companies.

ad pepper has operated in Germany since 1999 as an online marketing business. The company’s outreach had experienced sustained growth, which is why it established a new unit, mediasquares, for the business in the spring of 2014. Bundling the portfolio with Ströer Digital Media is a demonstration of how the specialized marketing company has reached the peak of its growth potential. The jointly managed portfolio will be the market leader in the field of product and service provider searches. The focus will lie on directory media, classifieds, marketplaces, and price comparison sites.

ad pepper media International N.V. will work closely with Ströer Digital Media in technology developments, as well. A concept for sharing data is being developed as part of the cooperation on marketing activities.

Dr. Ulrike Handel, CEO and Chair of ad pepper media International N.V., says: “The decision to break with ad pepper’s business unit with a long tradition was not an easy one. However, we are confident that the agencies, advertisers, and publishers at Ströer Digital Media will benefit from the many years of know-how in the display business and the pioneering technologies. At the same time, we will confidently stride forward with ad pepper International N.V. in six countries at present to become the leading data-driven performance marketing group.”

*AGOF Internet Facts 06/2014

2017-08-11T13:36:59+02:0017. September 2014|Presse|

Vin Bhardwaj named Managing Director ad pepper media UK

Performance marketing expert joins ad pepper media group


London/Nuremberg, 1 September 2014. 

ad pepper media International N.V. has named Vin Bhardwaj as Managing Director of ad pepper media United Kingdom Ltd., effective immediately.

In his role as MD, Vin Bhardwaj will drive forward the expansion of ad pepper media UK’s business and the development of new products. In his previous position as Vice President Sales Europe at SteelHouse (American performance marketing display platform) he was responsible for SteelHouse’s entry into the European market and for developing the company’s strategy, including sales, marketing, and operations across Europe. Prior to that, he served as Vice President Sales UK at Fox Networks (ad network) and Vice President European Sales at Utarget (ad network).

Vin Bhardwaj: “I’m looking forward to having a direct hand in shaping the future of ad pepper in the UK. With my experience in data-driven advertising, this will be a great opportunity to directly impact new product development and work with the team to increase our customer portfolio.”

Vin Bhardwaj reports directly to Dr. Ulrike Handel, CEO and Chairman of ad pepper media International N.V.

“With Vin Bhardwaj, a key leadership position in the biggest market of the ad pepper media group is being filled with a proven digital expert. We believe that clients will really benefit from his drive, vision and, unique understanding of how the industry is developing,” says Dr. Ulrike Handel.


2017-08-11T13:38:05+02:001. September 2014|Presse|

Jens Oberbeck, Managing Director ad pepper media Germany; Sascha Weise, Group Head of Product at ad pepper media International N.V.

Industry specialists join the ad pepper media Group


Nuremberg/Hamburg, 4 August 2014.

Effective immediately, Jens Oberbeck will take over as Managing Director of ad pepper media Deutschland GmbH and assume responsibility for ad pepper media Germany, mediasquares, and Webgains Germany (affiliate marketing). In his role as MD, Jens Oberbeck will drive forward the expansion of the ad pepper media Group’s business in Germany. In his previous roles at InMobi (General Manager DACH) and Vibrant Media (Head of Agency Sales), he was responsible for positioning, performance, and brand sales to direct customers, agencies and app developers as well as publisher acquisition.

Jens Oberbeck is a marketing expert in the areas of branding and performance. In his last role, he was involved in building up the growing mobile advertising market in the DACH region. Jens Oberbeck: “I’m delighted to bring my many years of market experience, particularly in the field of mobile, to ad pepper media GmbH. Here I’ll have the opportunity to impact the development of new products and services and expand the customer base.”

Sascha Weise is taking on the newly created position of Group Head of Product at the globally active online marketing group ad pepper media International N.V. with the companies ad pepper, ad agents, Globase, mediasquares, and Webgains. As Group Head of Product, Sascha Weise is responsible for the further development of all existing products and services as well as the development of new and innovative products and services within the entire Group.

Sascha Weise previously worked in various positions for many years at the performance agency eprofessional, most recently as Director Display & Affiliation. He is a proven expert in performance display, RTB, and adserving technologies. Sascha Weise has a high level of technical expertise and many years of professional experience, and is looking forward to the new challenge: “The ad pepper media Group comprises all of the online marketing disciplines. I see a lot of potential to further expand them and integrate them on a global scale.

Both will report directly to Dr. Ulrike Handel, CEO and Chairperson of ad pepper media International N.V.

For CEO Dr. Ulrike Handel, the two newcomers represent an important step in the process of restructuring the ad pepper media Group into a leading global provider of data-driven performance marketing solutions. “The addition of Sascha Weise and Jens Oberbeck has allowed us to fill two of the key leadership positions in the ad pepper media Group with proven digital experts. I’m confident that our customers, partners, and employees will benefit from the specialist knowledge of these two experts,” says Dr. Ulrike Handel.


2017-08-11T13:39:08+02:004. August 2014|Presse|