European Directories announces change of leadership at Herold

The Shareholder of Herold Business Data GmbH, a European Directories Group company, decided on a change of leadership. Managing Director Thomas Friess will leave the company by mutual consent due to different views on the strategic direction of the company with immediate effect. A management committee made of Martin Kargl as Managing Director and John Goddard as Managing Director will take over the leadership of the Company. Martin Kargl, currently responsible for sales, will be Speaker of the management committee (CEO).

Neil Robson, CFO of European Directories Group, said: “With today‘s change of leadership we have paved the way for the next steps in the transformation of the company in today’s digital world. Customer focus and service, technological leadership, innovation and quality remain the cornerstones of our strategy. We thank Thomas Friess for his work and contribution to the success of our company and wish him all the best for the future.”


For further information, please contact:

Group CFO

Neil Robson
Tel +31 20 487 36 88


European Directories Group is an online partner for SMEs offering local search and lead generation with a scalable business model. The European Directories Group operates through three main brands: Fonecta in Finland, Herold in Austria and DTG in the Netherlands. More information about the European Directories Group can be found at