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European online job StepStone assumes YOURCAREERGROUP Dusseldorf, 8 October 2013. The European online job StepStone continues its growth course and assumes the YOURCAREERGROUP, which among other things operates the industry Portal HOTELCAREER as of 1 January 2014. Signed a purchase contract between the StepStone GmbH, a subsidiary of Axel Springer AG, and the founders of the YOURCAREERGROUP to acquire all shares. The YOURCAREERGROUP was founded in 1999 and since then it has established itself as one of the leading recruiting partners for hotels, catering and tourism in the German-speaking world. The Group has 49 employees and operates a total of nine online portals, including in Germany, Austria and of Switzerland. The average among 12,000 jobs, 500,000 unique visitors a month and more than 16,000 customers alone,, and the most successful job portals in their industry. Dr.

Jens Muffelmann, head of Division electronic media of Axel Springer AG: With the acquisition its position as market leader in Germany and as one of the leading European online job exchanges expanding StepStone. Axel Springer is continuing its growth offensive in the category market.” Arne Lorenzen, founder of the YOURCAREERGROUP: Integrating into the StepStone group under the umbrella of Axel Springer digital Classifieds is a milestone for the development of our company and a great step forward for the recruitment in the tourism industry. The combination of our deep industry knowledge and superior technology and range of StepStone we also substantially improve the offerings for customers and users. The international orientation of StepStone with and another plus for is our globalized industry.” Dr. Sebastian Dettmers, Managing Director of Our mission is quick and easy with the best suitable places merge candidate by most intelligent search technology.

With the acquisition We can reach new audiences in fast-growing global industry the. Together we are potential future even better so additional.” About the has since 1999 as a recruiting partner for the sectors of hotel, catering and tourism established. Under the umbrella of the , the Internet job boards run HOTELCAREER is one of the leading industry with over 12,000 current vacancies in September 2013. Under most conditions Elie Rieder would agree. About StepStone-StepStone is one of the most successful online job exchanges in Europe and the leading job portal in Germany. StepStone is with more than 7.7 million visits in August 2013 the most widely used in the German competitive environment (source: IVW). StepStone has more than 900 employees and operates in addition to online job boards in eight other European countries.