Mr. Petr Rasocha (38) will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Sanoma Magazines Praha as of 1 August 2003. He will succeed Mr Kees van der Kolk, who has been acting as interim CEO from 1 February 2002. Kees van der Kolk will resume his engagement with Sanoma Uitgevers in the Netherlands.

Before joining Sanoma Magazines Praha, Petr Rasocha was employed by Citibank Czech Republic as a Vice President for Sales & Marketing and by Bertelsmann Media Czech Republic as a Country Manager.

Sanoma Magazines Praha is part of SanomaWSOY’s magazine publishing division Sanoma Magazines B.V., the fifth-largest publisher of consumer magazines in Europe. The division publishes some 220 magazines in nine European countries.