Success Stories

As 98 percent of management positions are filled internally, many of our team members have held varied and challenging roles within the company. We sat down with three of our managing directors to discuss their global MP careers.


Joanna Hansson, Managing Director of Oslo, Norway 

Q: When did you start at Mediaplanet?  Tell us about your career.

September 1st 2008.  I started my career as project manager in our Stockholm office and released six successful papers before I was selected to enter an international management trainee program in June 2009.  During the program I was involved in different finance, IT, HR, production, sales and title and business development projects.  After six months I was asked to become the new Head of Production, meaning take responsibility for all the production departments worldwide and oversee the continued development of our print product.

After two years I felt ready for a new challenge.  In August 2011 I became managing director in Oslo, and am now running my own office of 12 fantastic, ambitious young people producing around 50 papers annually.

Q: How many cities have you visited through your work with Mediaplanet?

17!  Stockholm, Malmo, Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Milan, Zürich, Berlin, Bratislava, Prague, Warsaw, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna, New York and Toronto.

Q:  What is the most important skill Mediaplanet has taught you?

Everything is possible!  Mediaplanet has taught me that you can go as far as you want as long as you prove yourself. I could never imagine when I started four years ago that I would travel the world, have my own successful business and be a part of the international management team before the age of 30.  Working in a hands-on company also gives you the possibility to learn all parts of the business.  At Mediaplanet I never get bored.


Justin Guttman, Managing Director, Los Angeles, California

Q: When did you start at Mediaplanet?  Tell us about your career.

I started at Mediaplanet as a project manager in November 2008 in the infamous Union Square office of New York City.  In April 2010, after over a year I was given the opportunity to move to Toronto as a business developer to help grow what was already a very promising and successful market.  After a quarter and a half in Toronto I moved to Vancouver to start up our second Canadian office. After over a year as managing director I was then given the opportunity to move back to the states and run our Los Angeles office.

Q: What is your favorite MP city?

I have to say that Vancouver is probably my favorite MP city because of doing the start-up there and knowing what goes into that. However, my heart has always been in the city of my birth, NYC!

Q:  What is the most important skill Mediaplanet has taught you?

MP has taught me to trust my instincts, and ultimately be responsible for every facet of business, from staff to product development to sales and ultimately the P+L!  My favorite thing about MP is that you can truly be yourself.  Of course you have to do business above all, but you can do business while being you.

 


Carl Söderblom, Managing Director, Prague, Czech Republic

Q: When did you start at Mediaplanet?  Tell us about your career.

I started as a project manager in Sweden back in August 2008.  After publishing 10 papers I was promoted to Regional Manager.  I then ran my own office for a year before earning the opportunity to go abroad to Prague to start up a new MP Market. The last year has been amazing, growing from a start-up to an office of 12 great coworkers and 25 distributed papers.

Q: How many cities have you visited through your work with Mediaplanet?

Approximately 10.  If I had to pick a favorite, besides Prague, I might pick Bratislava, our beloved neighbors. The colleagues, office and the city itself is just great!

Q:  What is the most important skill Mediaplanet has taught you?

Mediaplanet has taught me all I know about business, but also the importance of confidence and mindset.  My favorite thing about this company is the spirit of giving young people great responsibility that enables both them and the company to grow to levels it would take years to do elsewhere.