New York, N.Y. – Eric Zinczenko has been named CEO of Bonnier Corp., it was announced today by Tomas Franzén, CEO of Bonnier AB and Chairman of Bonnier Corp. His appointment is effective immediately. Mr. Zinczenko succeeds David Freygang who is retiring after many successful years. Freygang will be available as a consultant through the end of the year.
“Eric is one of the most respected business leaders in the industry,” said Mr. Franzén. “As Executive Vice President, he has been instrumental in growing and expanding Bonnier Corp.’s brands across multiple platforms. We wish Dave Freygang the very best and thank him for his 26 years at Bonnier (and World Publications).”
“It’s a privilege to be named CEO of Bonnier Corp.,” said Mr. Zinczenko. “I am looking forward to working with my passionate colleagues as we further the ambitions of our company, expand even deeper across multichannel platforms, and continue to cement our status as one of the largest special-interest media companies.”
“I am very proud of the work we accomplished during my time at Bonnier,” said Mr. Freygang. “I would like to thank the Bonnier family and the Board for their confidence in and support of me, especially during my tenure as CEO. Most importantly, I’d like to express my appreciation to my wonderful colleagues for their hard work. I am confident that Eric will be very successful and wish him all the best in his new role.”
Eric Zinczenko, 47, joined Bonnier Corp. from Time Inc. in 2007 as part of Bonnier Corp.’s original management team and was named Executive Vice President in 2013. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Zinczenko led one of the company’s largest business units, the Bonnier Men’s Group, which includes three of the country’s largest special-interest titles, Popular Science, Field & Stream, and Outdoor Life. He was responsible for expanding the brands into a multichannel media group with licensing, events, TV and film and is credited with signing a number of highly profitable partnerships for his brands. In 2011 he helped the company acquire Hearst’s Cycle World.
Prior to joining Bonnier Corp., Mr. Zinczenko held successful management positions with Outside, The New Yorker, Bicycling, and Scuba Diving. He started his career at Rodale, rising to ad director of Bicycling. In 2008, Mr. Zinczenko was inducted into MIN’s Sales Executive of the Year Hall of Fame for his contributions and success in publishing.
He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in economics, and resides in New York with his wife, Allison, and their two children.
About Bonnier Corp.
Bonnier Corp. is one of the largest special-interest publishing groups in America, with more than 30 multichannel brands extending into all platforms including magazines, digital media, books, events and product licensing. Bonnier Corp.’s brands include Popular Science, Saveur, Field & Stream, Popular Photography, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Cycle World, Working Mother and Outdoor Life. Bonnier Corp. is owned by Swedish-based Bonnier AB, a multichannel media conglomerate operating in 15 countries.