Press release

Volker Breid pursues new paths: Shareholders appoint Nils Oberschelp as CEO of Motor Presse Stuttgart

Hamburg/Stuttgart, May 31, 2017 –Top management change at the Motor Presse Stuttgart (MPS): After more than five years as the company’s CEO, Dr. Volker Breid has decided to leave MPS for family reasons and to pursue a new professional challenge. MPS shareholders Gruner + Jahr and the founding families Pietsch and Dietrich-Troeltsch have appointed Nils Oberschelp, to date CEO of the media brand distribution specialist DPV Deutscher Pressevertrieb, as his successor. As of July 1, 2017, Nils Oberschelp will assume the role of CEO at Motor Presse Stuttgart and, as such, overall responsibility for the company’s business activities.

MPS is a leading special-interest publishing house that produces and markets around 100 magazines and 250 digital products around the world. Its product range focuses on the topics of cars, motorbikes, aerospace, lifestyle, sport, and health, and includes well-known brands such as auto motor und sport, MOTORRAD, Men’s Health, outdoor, FLUG REVUE, MOUNTAINBIKE, RUNNER’S WORLD, and promobil.

Julia Jäkel, CEO of Gruner + Jahr: “For many years, Volker Breid and I have worked very closely together. He is an excellent, highly regarded publishing professional with a wonderful character – as everyone in the industry knows. During his time with Motor Presse Stuttgart, he demonstrated great commitment and solid leadership in steering the company through some major changes. He also effectively repositioned its international activities, built up a profitable and growing digital, TV and event business, and firmly established MPS as a leading special-interest media company. We extend our heart-felt thanks to Volker Breid for his tremendous contribution to MPS’ success, and for the almost two decades that he spent in top executive roles with G+J. I am extremely pleased that he will continue to be available to the G+J management for advice.

Nils Oberschelp is taking over the management of Motor Presse Stuttgart. I am very grateful that we are able to implement such a smooth transition. Nils Oberschelp is held in high esteem throughout the media sector. He effectively molded and successfully managed the distribution business for G+J as well as for DPV clients and he transformed the company into Germany’s leading full-service media distribution company Nils Oberschelp is not only a highly successful manager with a modern leadership style, he is also a very straight-forward, likable colleague. I thank him for his excellent work at Gruner + Jahr and DPV, and wish him all the very best in his new role.”

Dr. Patricia Scholten and Peter-Paul Pietsch, Motor Presse Stuttgart shareholders: “We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Volker Breid. He is leaving Motor Presse Stuttgart in an excellent condition. Working with him was always fruitful and enjoyable, and based on trusting partnership. And while we regret to see him leave, we are also very pleased that we were able to gain Nils Oberschelp for the role of CEO at Motor Presse Stuttgart. We very much look forward to working with him.”

Nils Oberschelp took over the position of CEO at DPV Deutscher Pressevertrieb in 2013. Over the course of the last four years, he has succeeded in establishing DPV – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gruner + Jahr – as one of Germany’s leading full-service media distribution companies. He achieved this by various means, among them DPV’s acquisition of Axel Springer Vertriebsservice GmbH, which Oberschelp oversaw, and strong investment in the high-potential areas of multichannel and digital publishing. He also considerably expanded the company’s client business. Before joining DPV, Nils Oberschelp worked directly for G+J, as Publishing Manager and Managing Director of publications such as GALA, IN, 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.  He began his career in Gruner + Jahr’s business development unit, later assuming the roles of Publishing Director at the BRIGITTE Group and Managing Director of of the Munich G+J publishing group. In 2003, Dr. Breid was appointed Managing Director of Gruner + Jahr‘s Womens, Family and People media segments at the publishing company’s Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich locations. He was honored for his business achievements in 2009 with the Bertelsmann Award for Outstanding entrepreneurial Achievements. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Breid served on the G+J advisory board as the elected representative of executive-level employees.   

Frank Thomsen
Spokesperson for the Motor Presse Stuttgart shareholders
Head of Corporate Communication at Gruner + Jahr
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