Management

Dr. Volker Breid

Dr. Volker Breid

Chief Executive

Born in Aschaffenberg in 1962, Dr. Volker Breid started his varied and successful career with an apprenticeship at Siemens (1981 – 1983), which was duly followed by military service in 1984. Breid then went on to study Business Administration at the Johan-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. Continuing with academia, Breid started work as assistant professor at the Institute for Product Costing and Controlling at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where in 1994 he completed his PhD in Strategic Management and Financial Theory, gaining the title Dr. res. oec. His first experience in publishing management was in the business development department of Gruner + Jahr, where in October 1994 he became Senior Project Manager. Amongst his responsibilities in this position was the development of a publishing joint venture in Shanghai, China. In January 1997, Dr. Breid became publishing director of the BRIGITTE Group in Hamburg. Following several other positions, including that of Managing Director of the Munich G+J publishing group, he assumed the role of chief executive of the Gruner + Jahr‘s Womens, Family and People media segments, and along with it responsibility for the star studded portfolio of BRIGITTE, GALA, P.M. Magazin, IN – The Star and Style Magazine, GRAZIA and 11FREUNDE.

Dr. Volker Breid has been Managing Director of the Motor Presse Stuttgart since 1st March 2012 and Motor Presse International Verlagsgesellschaft Holding mbH. In this capacity he has been responsible for markets in Spain, Portugal, as well as Central and South America (Mexico, Argentina and Brazil) since 1st January 2013.

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Norbert Lehmann

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer

Norbert Lehman, born in 1960, studied Business Management at the Berufsakademie Stuttgart between 1982 and 1984. After receiving his degree as a Diplom-Betriebswirt, Lehmann – who was born in Calwer – started his professional career at the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, initially in the Marketing division and later in Marketing Controlling. In 1989, Norbert Lehmann moved to the Controlling division of Motor Presse Stuttgart and was appointed head of the division in 1993. In 2002, he also became head of Corporate Development and in 2006 was appointed to the executive management team of Motor Presse Stuttgart as Division Manager of Finances and IT. From November 2012 until June 2015, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Managing Director of Motor Presse Stuttgart GmbH & Co. KG, Lehmann was also directly responsible for the finances of the international subsidiaries of Motor Presse Stuttgart.

In spring 2015, several areas of responsibility were restructured; Lehmann handed over responsibility for Finances to Andrea Rometsch and was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). As the Managing Director of Motor Presse Stuttgart and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Norbert Lehmann is currently responsible for Controlling, IT and Compliance, Production and Internal Services. Additionally, he acts as Managing Director of Motor Presse TV GmbH and FENUS Grundstück-Vermietungs-GmbH.

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Henry Allgaier

Director of Sport & Lifestyle Segment, Chief Executive of Rodale-Motor-Presse

Born in 1964, Henry Allgaier started his career on the journalistic side of publishing in 1984, studying Journalism, History and Politics in Dortmund. His first experience of working in a publishers was gained through his apprenticeship at the Westdeutscher Allgemeine Zeitung. After the completion of his degree in 1990, the first station of Allgaier’s successful career was as a journalist for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. After five years at the F.A.Z., he joined the Motor Presse Stuttgart, working as Editor for Men’s Health in Hamburg until 1998. Alongside his occupation as Editor for MPS, Allgaier completed an Executive-MBA Degree at the Henley Management College. In January of the following year, he became assistant to the CEO, marking a change from the content side of publishing, to publishing management. After a spell as Director of Business Development in Paris, Henry Allgaier assumed the position of Director of the Motor Presse Stuttgart’s Lifestyle Segment in 2001. In 2002 he became Chief Executive of the joint venture Rodale-Motor-Presse. Henry Allgaier has been in charge of both Sport and Lifestyle segments since January 2009.

Since 1st January 2013 Henry Allgaier is, in addition to his previous duties, responsible for business in China and Poland; and together with Dr. Volker Breid is Managing Director of Motor Presse International Verlagsgesellschaft Holding mbH.

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Jochen Bechtle

Director of Advertising Sales

Jochen Bechtle, born in 1963, first came into contact with the world of publishing through an apprenticeship with the Stuttgarter Zeitung. Following employment as Sales Consultant at the Konradin-Verlag, and as Advertising Sales Manager at DRW-Verlag, Bechtle arrived in the advertising department of the Motor Presse in 1991. In 1997 he assumed the position of Advertising Sales Manager for the biweekly auto motor und sport before climbing to his current position of Director of Advertising Sales in 2002, a position that carries the responsibility for all advertising related matters of the Motor Presse Stuttgart.

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Peter-Paul Pietsch

Director of Motorbike and Aviation Segments

Peter-Paul Pietsch, born in 1954, studied Business and Economics at the Universität Innsbruck. Following his graduation in 1978, Pietsch completed a series of internships with publishers in Austria, England and the USA. In 1981 Pietsch started work in the licensing department of the Motor Presse Stuttgart. From 1983 to 1985, Peter-Paul Pietsch was Assistant to the Marketing Director. Following his stint in this position he became Publishing Director, thusly becoming a member of the board of executives. In addition to this, he has been on the advisory council for the EuroTransportMedia Verlags- und Veranstaltungsgesellschaft mbH, an associated company of the Motor Presse Stuttgart, since 1999.

Andrea Rometsch

Andrea Rometsch

Chief Financial Officer

Andrea Rometsch, born in 1974 in Friedrichshafen, graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Freiburg and then started her professional career in 1998 at Arthur Andersen Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft mbH in Stuttgart. In 2002, she became a certified tax consultant and two years later a certified auditor. From 2003, Andrea Rometsch held the position of Senior Manager/Authorised Representative at Ernst & Young Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft mbH.
On 1 July 2015, Andrea Rometsch took over the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Motor Presse Stuttgart from Norbert Lehmann, and is currently in charge of the divisions Finances, Accounts, Taxes and Auditing.