2014 will bring some changes to Doodle: Both founders (Michael Näf and Paul E. Sevinç) will step down during the next couple of months and let a new team take charge.
On February 1st, Michael Brecht will join the Doodle team as the new CEO and lead the company with a management team consisting of current Doodle employees.
Also during 2014, Switzerland’s largest media group Tamedia, which already owns a 49% stake in Doodle, will acquire the majority of the company and invest to further fuel Doodle’s international growth.
What will change for you as a Doodle user? Nothing.
15 million people worldwide use Doodle on a monthly basis. They will all be able to continue using Doodle: The core group scheduling product, the premium experience with additional functionality, the 1:1 scheduling tool (MeetMe), and the customer appointment solution (BookMe).
The new management team behind Doodle
Doodle’s new CEO, Michael Brecht, has more than 20 years of experience in the IT and online world and has held several international positions: As a Managing Director at Germany-based CompuNet, he was responsible for building the UK business. After that, he founded urbia.com, an online portal for families and children, which was later acquired by media house Gruner & Jahr. After living in Australia for several years, Brecht founded and led 52weine.de, a shopping club for wine lovers.
In his new role, Brecht will be working closely with Doodle’s management team, which has had a major impact in many of Doodle’s past successes: He will work closely with VP of Sales Tiziano Obrecht, VP of Product Management Malte Schiebelmann, and VP of Engineering Christoph Bäni, who will take over all things technology from Paul E. Sevinç.
Doodle’s founders, Michael Näf and Paul E. Sevinç, are happy about the handover: “We have been privileged to build a great team and – together with it – a profitable, growing, international business. Now it’s time for us to leave and let new people take charge. We’re sure that Doodle will break many more records in the future, and our users can keep relying on the best scheduling service.”