Florian Klages


Head of People and Culture, Axel Springer SE



For the past year, Florian has overseen human resources and company culture at Axel Springer SE, the largest digital publishing house in Europe, which includes numerous multimedia news brands, such as Bild, Die Welt, Business Insider, and Fakt, and employs more than 15,000 people. Springer’s flagship tabloid, Bild, is the highest-circulation newspaper in Europe with a daily readership in excess of 12 million.

In the midst of the company’s ongoing digital transformation, Florian is leading Axel Springer’s purpose quest, aiming to answer the question of “why do we exist and what’s the future promise we communicate to our employees?”

Prior to his role at Axel Springer, Florian held managerial positions at Berliner Morgenpost, Berliner Zeitung, Ullstein GmbH, and Media Impact, where he was responsible for the marketing strategies of national and regional newspapers.

At the House of Beautiful Business, Florian will report on Springer’s transformation and discuss why the “why” matters, even for a media company with such strong inherent purpose as Springer.