European Directories announces leadership changes at HEROLD

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Kai Nikolaizig will start as Chief Digital/Development Officer of Herold Business Data GmbH, a European Directories Group company in Austria, beginning November 19, 2018. John Goddard, currently interim CEO, will continue to drive the business, leading Sales and Product as CEO. In addition, Alexander Soukup took over responsibility for Operations and was appointed new COO of Herold Business Data GmbH in October this year. 

“We are confident that John, Kai and Alexander have the right drive, digital experience, ambition to exceed our customers’ expectations, thereby turning Herold’s impressive assets into continued bottom- and top-line growth. They have proven skills in the B2B market in delivering short term business results and growth over the long term. Their transformational expertise will continue to deliver the services, processes and systems needed to increase Herold’s strong position in the Austrian market. The platform is there, we enjoy 96% market awareness and enviable NPS scores. Herold is one of the strongest brands in the local search market in Europe with 55,000 customers and close to two million monthly visitors to its flagship portal, Herold has an almost unique opportunity among European digital publishers to continue playing a relevant role in consumers’ search and selection of local service providers,” says Marcus Englert, Chairman of the Board at European Directories. 

Kai Nikolaizig comes with very relevant experience in our industry having held senior management positions as CEO at VerbaVoice, Senior Director & Head of Digital at Fujitsu, CEO at markt.gruppe Holding and Media Director Product & Advertising Management Europe for AutoScout24 & Scout24. He graduated in 1998 from Georg-August University in Göttingen with a degree in Business Administration. 

Alexander Soukup spent the last eight years in senior positions at PwC Austria, including Head of Project & Portfolio Management Consulting, Head of Strategy & Operations Consulting, and Senior Manager Consulting. He graduated in 2009 from Vienna University of Economics with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. 



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Neil Robson
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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