Electra Partners-backed AXIO names new chairman

AXIO Data Group Ltd, which is backed by Electra Partners, has named Hans Gieskes as chairman. Previously, he was CEO of Cision AB Group. AXIO is a provider of data and information products.


LONDON, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — AXIO Data Group Ltd has appointed Hans Gieskes as Chairman.
Hans has deep experience of information and publishing business models, and he has been a successful CEO in both public and PE-owned companies.
From 1979 to 2000, Hans was at Reed Elsevier. He served in a variety of senior roles including CEO Elsevier Science UK, CEO of the Dutch magazine division, Deputy Chairman of the legal publishing division, and CEO of LexisNexis.
From 2000 to 2002, Hans was President of Monster.com and during his tenure revenue grew from $100m to $350m. He then became CEO at the publisher, Houghton Mifflin. He led the company to a $1.6bn sale to a consortium of private equity funds. Immediately prior to joining AXIO Hans was CEO of Cision AB Group.
Hans is based in Boston, Massachusetts, and also holds Non-Executive Directorships at Swets & Zeitlinger Group BV, Wingu Inc. and Intelligize.com.
Hans Gieskes said: “I am delighted to be joining the AXIO team. We have a portfolio of market leading brands, each with a very exciting future.”
Alex Fortescue, Chief Investment Officer of Electra Partners, financial sponsors of AXIO, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Hans on Board at AXIO. The depth and breadth of his experience in information businesses, plus his experience of financial sponsors mean he has the right blend of skills for this role.”
Notes to Editors
AXIO Data Group operates a portfolio of market-leading information businesses. We serve customers in a range of sectors including: healthcare, aviation, forest products, intellectual property licensing, containerised trade and breakbulk services. Our product brands are recognised for quality and authority by the markets they serve, and include: Vidal, MIMS, OAG, RISI, TechInsights, JOC, PIERS, TPM and Breakbulk. We operate in over 25 countries.
We provide critical, often industry-standard, information and tools to help our clients make high value decisions. We enable them to get the maximum value and advantage from industry data.
We are deeply embedded in the industries we serve and seek to play a leadership role in advancing the use of data and benchmarks improve decision making and improve overall efficiency. We arrange conferences and events to bring selected communities together.
We seek to be the clear leader in the markets that we serve and are committed to growing our business through organic investment, acquisitions and partnerships.
For more information on AXIO go to www.axiogroup.net