New CEO to be appointed by APO

Business, Media, People

APO, the sole press release wire in Africa since 2007 and owner of Africa Wire and MENA Wire press release distribution services dedicated to Africa and the Middle East, is looking for a new CEO as Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, founder and CEO of APO, confirmed that, after almost 10 years at the helm, he will step down as CEO to continue as chairman of the company.

Pompigne-Mognard wrote in an email to employees:

It has been my privilege to lead APO from its birth almost 10 years ago through its expansion into new regions as well as into a growing range of services and see it become a major press release wire distribution service and media relations company (…) I’m especially proud of APO’s multilingual, poly-skilled platform, the deep knowledge and insights into its markets and its impressive and continually growing client base. After almost 10 years at the helm, I have decided that it is now time for me to pass the baton and move on to my next adventure, whilst remaining chairman of the company.

APO, with headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland) and which prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary in October 2017, provides press release distribution and media relations services to companies, PR agencies, institutions and organisations. The clients’ list includes blue chips Facebook, Uber, Oracle, General Electric (GE), The Economist, DHL, L’Oréal, Starwood (Now Marriott Group), Hilton Worldwide, PwC, Orange, Philips, Bosch, Novartis, Sanofi, and MoneyGram, among others.

We will now start to look for the best possible candidate for my succession. Maintaining the momentum and continuing our expansion strategy requires a growth-oriented business driver who can leverage the company’s market leadership and service offerings (…) This is a vibrant and dynamic activity in a growing market, so the person we’re looking for is someone who can not only provide executive leadership and manage day-to-day decisions, but who can also recognise and create opportunities.


The new CEO’s compensation package includes an ownership plan, making the new CEO a shareholder of the company. When the new CEO takes up the position, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard will assume full chairmanship functions. The job offer has been posted on LinkedIn and is also available here. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2017.