Achim began his career with an internship at Axel Springer in 1981. After completing university, he was appointed MD of Germany’s biggest free sheet company (Frankfurt). From 1992 he was responsible as a Publishing MD for BILD and BILD am Sonntag. 1996 Achim started as a Publishing MD Computer BILD, one of the most successful magazines launches in Germany, all within Axel Springer.
In 2001, he was appointed Member of Board of Gruner + Jahr, part of Bertelsmann Group. He took care of Gruner + Jahr’s newspapers in Europe and the printing division starting in 2009. From 2004 till 2013 Achim was also CFO of Gruner + Jahr’s worldwide activities. He is a member of the Supervisory Boards of dpa Deutsche Presse Agentur (since 2004), Mediengruppe Madsack (Regional Newspapers) und Studio Hamburg (TV Production) and NDR Media (Radio and TV Ad Sales), all since 2013. Most recently in 2015, Achim started the Next Media Accelerator in Hamburg with well-known shareholders from the media industry; he is Head of Advisory Board.
He has been a btov member since 2014.