Julia Jäkel, born in 1971, studied history, politics and economics at Heidelberg and Harvard and graduated with an M.Phil. from Cambridge University. Her career began when she joined the Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program in 1997; this led to her joining Gruner + Jahr a year later.
At the end of the 1990s she was part of the team that founded the “Financial Times Deutschland”. In 2004 she was appointed Head of Publishing at “BRIGITTE”, and by 2008 was running more than 20 magazines and digital publications.
She has been CEO since 2013, and together with her team she has set her sights on turning Gruner + Jahr into one of the most creative and modern publishing houses in an ever-changing media landscape.
Julia Jäkel is a member of the Bertelsmann Group Management Committee.