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TNS makes new appointment to management board in Germany

9 June, 2011

TNS Infratest Appoints Andreas Kösters to Management Board 

LONDON -— TNS, the world’s largest custom research company, today announced the appointment of Andreas Kösters to the management board of TNS Infratest, Germany. Kösters joins TNS Infratest from the board of Springer Science+Business Media, the leading global scientific publisher of books and journals. Kösters replaces Bruno Hötzel who will step down from the German board to focus on his role as Director of TNS Central Europe. The remaining board members – Hartmut Scheffler, Winfried Hagenhoff and Peter Braun – remain unchanged.

Kösters brings a strong background in senior management to his new role with TNS Infratest. He began his career in corporate development with Bertelsmann, before becoming CFO at Bertelsmann Construction Information Group. Subsequently he served at Springer Science+Business Media in 2003 as CEO of its B2B publishing group and most recently held a role on the board, with specific responsibility for the company's activities in Asia, as well as its publishing and sales organisation in the US and Europe.

Judith Passingham, CEO Northern and Eastern Europe, TNS said: “We are thrilled that Kösters will be joining the management team. He has demonstrated insights and experience which will support our ambitious growth plans in Germany. Bruno Hötzel has made a great contribution to the success of our German business in recent years and we are delighted that he will continue to support our growth in Europe.”

Andreas Kösters said: “I am excited to be joining TNS Infratest’s management board and am greatly looking forward to the challenge. TNS Infratest enjoys an excellent reputation in the industry for strong client relationships, high quality research techniques, innovation and technical excellence. My aim will be to provide leadership to enable the Group to further strengthen its position as number one in Germany.”

TNS Infratest was founded in 1947 and is a key player in the German market-research industry, with offices in Munich, Bielefeld, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Wetzlar. TNS Infratest’s strong performance and growth in Germany has been driven by its in-depth sector understanding and close client relationships.

About TNS
TNS is the global leader in custom market research delivering actionable insights and research-based business advice to clients around the globe so they can make more effective business decisions. TNS offers comprehensive industry knowledge within the Consumer, Technology, Finance, Automotive and Political & Social sectors, supported by a unique product offering that stretches across the entire range of marketing and business issues, specializing in product development & innovation, brand & communication, stakeholder management, retail & shopper, and qualitative research. Delivering best-in-class service across more than 80 countries, TNS is dedicated to discovering growth opportunities for its clients in an ever-changing world. Through its pioneering and innovative culture, TNS understands the latest marketing challenges and research techniques, being the first to discover and solve new marketing issues for clients.

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About Kantar
Kantar is one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy networks. By uniting the diverse talents of its 13 specialist companies, the group aims to become the pre-eminent provider of compelling and inspirational insights for the global business community. Its 26,500 employees work across 95 countries and across the whole spectrum of research and consultancy disciplines, enabling the group to offer clients business insights at each and every point of the consumer cycle. The group’s services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies.

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