Torsten Ahlers, founding CEO of Otto Group Media, held – after studying Business Administration in Hamburg – a range of career positions at Axel Springer, Gruner + Jahr and Tomorrow Focus. In 2004 he entered the AOL company, where he later became CEO of AOL Germany. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the most innovative digital managers by the German publisher “Werben & Verkaufen”. From 2011 he was CEO of Next Audience, a company belonging to the SinnerSchrader Group, before joining the Otto Group in 2014. 2016 he belonged to the Top-10-Media-Heads of the industry, which are chosen annually from the editorial department of “W&V”.