Tomas Franzén to Be New CEO
“I’m extremely pleased to be bringing in Tomas Franzén, who has a solid and very successful background as a CEO,” says Carl-Johan Bonnier, board chair for Bonnier AB. “He has led companies with challenges that are similar in many ways to those that Bonnier companies face: distribution, digitalization and understanding and facing changes in how media is consumed. I’m convinced that Tomas has everything it takes to successfully lead Bonnier.”
Franzén, 51, has been CEO of Com Hem, a leading cable operator and provider of broadband services in the Swedish market, since 2008. Before that, he was CEO of Eniro for four years and between 2002 and 2004, was CEO for Internet provider Song Networks. He has some 20 years of experience as a CEO in both publicly traded and private companies.
“I’m very excited about the new position,” says Franzén. “Bonnier is an international company, with a powerful base in Sweden, strong positioning and brands, and long-term thinking that’s appealing. My experience from Com Hem among others means that I’m well-versed in many of the challenges the company faces, and I look forward to getting to know the company from the inside.”
Franzén succeeds current CEO Jonas Bonnier, who leaves at the start of 2014.
About Tomas Franzén:
2008 – CEO, Com Hem
2004-2008, CEO, Eniro
2002-2004, CEO, Song Networks
1999-2002, CEO, AU-System
1995-1999, CEO, AU-System Network
1989-1995 Trainee, Sales and Director of Sales for Nokia Data, later ICL Data
Tomas Franzén studied engineering and industrial economics at the University of Linköping. He is a board member for Com Hem and Zenterio.