Sarah CJ Willand (45) – one of TV 2’s best managers – is to take over as managing director of Cappelen Damm, Norway’s largest publishing house.
This was reported by TV2 in a press release issued on Tuesday.
– It’s been seven exciting, exciting and educational years at TV 2, it’s hard to sum it all up. I am proud of what we have achieved over the years. How we’ve managed our social mission is no less, says Sarah CJ Willand in a press release.
She was Director of Marketing, Organization and Communications at TV 2 – has also led the channel in several controversies involving TV 2. Now the most recent long-running conflict with Altibox lasted more than half a year.
Willant now takes over as CEO of Norway’s biggest publisher, succeeding longtime Cappelen Damm CEO Tom Harald Jensen – who turns 70 next summer.
After 44 years in the book industry, he now wants to step down as CEO.
– I would like to congratulate Sarah on the most exciting and fun job in Norway and the publishing company with a new and ambitious manager. Sarah and I had good conversations leading up to the publisher’s successful growth into a new era. “This is an important day for Cappelen Damm,” says Jensen in Cappelen Damm’s press release.
He will continue as a consultant to the publisher until 2023.
The appointment was decided at Cappelen Damm’s board meeting on Monday this week, and Sarah CJ Villand will take up the job on 1 February 2023.
The CEO of TV 2, Olav T. Sandnes, has been Sara J. for many years. Villain is enjoying his leadership skills and believes he has the holistic vision and ability to make the whole organization play together.
– She is independent, honest, sincere and intelligent. I know many people are with me on TV 2 when I say that Caplan Tom is lucky to have him at the helm, Sandnes concludes.
Steffen Kragh, chairman of Cappelen Damm and CEO of Egmont, emphasizes that Villant’s appointment does not mark any change in direction for Norway’s largest publisher.
– Tom Harald has led the publishing house absolutely brilliantly and we owe him a big thank you. He played an absolutely decisive role in the development of Cappelen Damm to its current state, and I would like to highlight the importance of the merger between Damm and Cappelen in 2007.
– Together with all the good colleagues at Cappelen Damm, Sara will now further develop Cappelen Damm into Norway’s largest publishing house, says Krak.
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