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Sheikholeslami currently serves as President and CEO of New York Public Radio / appointment comes following a vigorous national search / key task to attract, retain and grow reach through continued investment and innovation

BERLIN AND ARLINGTON, VA : Axel Springer today announced that Goli Sheikholeslami has been appointed as the new CEO of POLITICO Media Group. She will start in February. POLITICO Media Group is comprised of the media brands Axel Springer acquired in a 2021 eye-catching deal with Robert Allbritton, including POLITICO and Protocol. In addition, Sheikholeslami will become Chairperson of the Shareholder Advisory Board of POLITICO Europe, based in Brussels. Her appointment comes following a vigorous national search.

Sheikholeslami currently serves as President and CEO of New York Public Radio. She has vast experience in public and private media, including senior leadership roles at the Washington Post, Chicago Public Media, Conde Nast, and Time Warner. Sheikholeslami also served on the board at NPR from 2016 to 2019 and currently serves on the Board of Patreon, the membership platform for artists and creators. In her new role as CEO of POLITICO Media Group, she will work with the team to further strengthen POLITICO’s unique profile and attract, retain and grow reach through continued investment and innovation in excellent journalism and products.

“We are thrilled to welcome Goli Sheikholeslami as CEO,” stated

Jan Bayer, President News Media of Axel Springer. “Goli’s track record is defined by growth, innovation, and a commitment to high-quality journalism. With her vast experience and aspiration, Goli was by far our top choice for the role and will further our vision to build the global news and information leader on politics, policy, and regulation in power centers across the world.”

Goli Sheikholeslami said: "What I admire most about POLITICO is the tenacity that underpins the organization's fearless, fact-based journalism and its successful business model. With this strong foundation, no other media organization is better positioned for growth, and I look forward to working with such a talented group of journalists and professionals to write POLITICO and Protocol’s next chapter."

Sheikholeslami grew up in suburban Washington, D.C., and received her undergraduate degree in international economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She also earned an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Sheikholeslami is the daughter of an Iranian diplomat and with her family fled shortly after the country’s 1979 revolution, arriving in the United States as political refugees.

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About Axel Springer

Axel Springer is a media and technology company and active in more than 40 countries. By providing information across its diverse media brands (amongst others BILD, WELT, Insider, POLITICO) and classified portals (StepStone Group and AVIV Group), Axel Springer SE empowers people to make free decisions for their lives. Today, the transformation from a traditional print media company to Europe’s leading digital publisher has been successfully accomplished. The next goal has been set: Axel Springer aims to become global market leader in digital content and digital classifieds through accelerated growth. The company is headquartered in Berlin and employs more than 16,000 people worldwide.

About POLITICO

POLITICO is the global authority on the intersection of politics, policy, and power. It is the most robust news operation and information service in the world specializing in politics and policy, which informs the most influential audience in the world with insight, edge, and authority. Founded in 2007, POLITICO has grown to a team of 700 working across North America, more than half of whom are editorial staff. POLITICO Europe, its seven-year-old European edition has grown to nearly 200 employees. In 2021, POLITICO grew revenue to record levels, exceeding advertising and subscription revenue targets, and maintaining strong profitability.

About Protocol

Protocol is a leading digital media company focused on the people, power and politics of tech. Technology is no longer just an industry; it’s a global power center with the sweep and impact of any nation’s capital. Launched in 2020, Protocol covers U.S. and China “big tech” in addition to areas such as enterprise technology, fintech and the evolving tech workplace. Protocol’s team includes reporters in San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., and London. In 2021, Protocol doubled the size of the company and grew the business 150%.

Source : https://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-press

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