a next generation
human resources and
management consultancy

We assist digital marketing- and sales-businesses with executive search services, analyses and insights. Our focus lies on improving organisational structures and strategically guided team expansion. Our clients range from publishers and media sales houses, to technical service providers, agencies and advertisers.

We are a
team of true
industry experts

For decades, we have held senior management positions in the media sales and ad tech industries ourselves, shaping the developments of the digital media landscape. Our combined industry experience shapes the core of our business: our expert understanding of the needs of key players in the digital media marketplace. This affords us the unique position to competently manage the dialogue between our clients and potential candidates in order to find the optimal solution for all parties involved.

Axel Nieber

Founder and Managing Partner

  • Since 2016

    DESPOVE GmbH, Hamburg
    Founder and Managing Partner

  • 2014 – 2016

    Ströer Digital Media GmbH, Hamburg
    Managing Director

  • 2009 – 2014

    Olympia Verlag GmbH, Nuremberg
    General Sales Director kicker –

  • 2007 – 2008

    Axel Springer SE, Hamburg
    General Sales Director

  • 2005 – 2007

    Axel Springer SE, Hamburg
    General Sales Director SPORT BILD

  • 2004 – 2005

    Axel Springer SE, Hamburg
    General Sales Director BILD KÖLN / AACHEN

  • 1998 – 2004

    Axel Springer SE, Hamburg


Managing Partner

  • Since 2019

    DESPOVE GmbH, Hamburg
    Managing Partner

  • 2015 – 2018, Hamburg
    Executive Vice President Publisher Management EMEA
    Managing Director DACH & Eastern Europe

  • 2012 – 2015

    Axel Springer SE - Axel Springer Media Impact, Berlin
    General Manager Digital Marketing

  • 2010 – 2011

    mediasports Digital GmbH, Hamburg
    Founder and Managing Director

  • 2008 - 2010

    Axel Springer - Media Impact, Berlin
    General Manager Digital Sales

  • 2004 – 2008

    mediasquares GmbH, Hamburg/Dusseldorf
    ad pepper media GmbH, Nuremberg
    Managing Director

  • 1998 - 2003

    Real Media Deutschland GmbH, Hamburg/Munich
    Managing Director

BVDW (Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft) (2003 – 2018), u.a:
  • Focus Group Programmatic Advertising/li>
  • Focus Group Digital Video AGOF (Industry Committee Online Research, Delegate)
AGOF (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung, Delegierter):
  • Fokusgruppe Bewegtbild  
VDZ (Industry Association of Germany Magazines and Publisher):
  • Working Group Premium Sales (Digital)

Claudius Gebele

Senior Executive Consultant

  • Since 2018

    DESPOVE GmbH, Hamburg
    ‍Senior Executive Consultant

  • 2013 – 2017

    RECK International Executive Search, Hamburg
    Senior Consultant

  • 2011 – 2013

    socialight talent NYC - Haarlem, Amsterdam
    HR Teamlead DACH

  • 2009 – 2011

    Studio Rosto AD VOF, Amsterdam
    Head of Production

  • 2007 – 2009

    twothings VOF + mikosa foundation, Amsterdam
    Executive Producer

  • 2006 – 2007

    Red Bull BV & Carhartt EMEA B.V., Amsterdam
    Creative Producer

  • 2003 – 2006

    Wieden+Kennedy B.V. & Saatchi&Saatchi, Amsterdam
    Strategic Account Planer

Executive search

We search for, identify and contact suitable candidates for our clients. Based on our extensive, hands-on experience in the industry, we understand the heart of the matter when it comes to executive search for digital media. We have an extensive network of professionals across all the industries we serve and at all relevant seniority levels – nationally as well as internationally. Many of our contacts date back to our own time spent working in the industry and are identified on the back of years of successful collaboration.


We assist companies facing current challenges concerning the issues of human resources and digitisation. Frequently asked questions we receive include, “What is the best way to set up my sales team?”, "Which AdServer should I use?", “How do we best set about our international expansion?", "How is programmatic advertising evolving and what does this evolution mean for my company?"

We are happy to work through tailored insights and responses to these and other questions together with our clients.


We understand the challenges our clients face on the back of our own experiences. This puts us in an exclusive position to jointly develop job profiles that translate into meaningful career opportunities.


We are extremely well and deeply connected with the market and waste no time with sweeping outreach efforts. We identify and contact solely the potential candidates that clearly demonstrate the best fit for a respective job profile and hiring company.


We personally present the top candidates to our clients and support the selection process with the highest level of competence.


We are present along the entire hiring journey, up to and including contract negotiations and landing that final signature. We also gladly assist in the onboarding of hired candidates.