Storytel founder Jonas Tellander steps down after seventeen years of service

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Storytel founder Jonas Tellander has stepped down as CEO of the company after seventeen years at the helm. As Silicon channels reported, Deputy CEO Ingrid Bojner will serve as interim CEO until the board focuses on someone to fill the CEO role. Tellander did not give a specific reason for his resignation, other than stating that “seventeen years of total focus on Storytel has taken its toll.” Tellander also said he will continue as a member of the board and have a say in how the company operates in the days ahead.

Tellander said: “Thirteen years ago I stood before the investors of Swedish public service broadcaster SVT’s adaptation of Dragon’s Den, trying to convince them that Storytel and audiobooks on the mobile phone would be important a day. Today, all of my wildest Storytel dreams came true. The audiobook has also helped the book industry grow, which makes me even prouder.”

It was in 2006 that Jonas Tellander and Jon Hauksson launched Storytel, which has since become a giant in the e-book and streaming audiobook segment. The Stockholm-based company currently hosts over 700,000 titles with operations in over 25 countries. It offers content in multiple languages, including Swedish, English, Arabic, Danish, and Finnish, to name a few. The company operates under several brands, including Storytel, Mofibo and Audiobooks.com.

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