Mihnea Vasiliu. Source: GSP.ro

Mihnea Vasiliu, who was GM of Ringier Romania until two weeks ago, has died at the age of 57. He passed away in Bucharest on July 27, apparently of a heart attack.

Vasiliu spent more than 12 years at the helm of Ringier in Romania — around half of a 25-year career in media and marketplace management — leading recruitment website EJobs and property marketplace Imobiliare.ro.

On his LinkedIn profile, he wrote that he had “turned around the company in 2011 and made it one of the most dynamic and profitable ventures in the Romanian media landscape.”

Vasiliu added that he had drafted and implemented the company’s growth strategy, including the digital transformation that brought two leading marketplaces — EJobs in 2012 and Imobiliare in 2016 — into Ringier’s portfolio.

He also launched Mediafax, Romania’s first and leading independent news agency, in 1993, and business newspaper Ziarul Financiar in 1998, as well as managing Media Pro — the largest media group in the country.

Vasiliu gained an executive MBA at London Business School in 2006.

He stepped down from his role at Switzerland-based media group Ringier — which also owns ImoRadar24, JobRadar24 and several periodicals in Romania — just two weeks ago, with Dan Puică taking over his duties on an interim basis.

At the time, he said he wanted to “explore new opportunities.”

In a message to group employees, Puică, CEO of Ringier-owned property marketplace Imobiliare.ro, and Cătălin Tolontan, a journalist who has held various roles at Ringier brands, said medics attended the Ramada Hotel reception, where Vasiliu had been taken ill, but were unable to revive him.

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