Press release

Christian Merl Becomes Gruner + Jahr Press Spokesman and Deputy Head of G+J Corporate Communications

Hamburg, 23 November 2009 –

Christian Merl, 38, has been appointed press spokesman for Gruner + Jahr AG with effect from 1 January 2010. In his new role, he will be responsible for press relations for the G+J Germany and International divisions. He reports to Claus-Peter Schrack, Head of Corporate Communications at Gruner + Jahr, and will serve as his deputy.

Claus-Peter Schrack said: "Christian Merl has familiarized himself comprehensively and with great dedication with the manifold tasks of G+J's corporate communications over the past six months, and has progressively taken over and managed external communications projects. He has all the necessary qualifications for successfully mastering the challenging and diverse responsibilities of press relations. I look forward to continuing to work with him."

Dr. Bernd Buchholz, CEO of Gruner + Jahr AG, commented: "In recent years Christian Merl has not only demonstrated a profound knowledge of the internal structures of our company, but has also developed into an experienced and highly regarded PR strategist as head of G+J's internal communications. I am pleased that he is taking on the new challenge of G+J's external communications and wish him continued success in Claus-Peter Schrack's team."

Press enquiries:
Claus-Peter Schrack
Head of Corporate Communications
20444 Hamburg
Phone +49 (0) 40 / 37 03 - 31 13
Fax +49 (0) 40 / 37 03 - 56 17
E-mailschrack.claus-peterguj.de

Christian Merl