Katharina Borchert

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(journalist, Big Tech executive)
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Borchert during the World Economic Forum 2019
Born10 October, 1972
Alma materUniversity of Hamburg, University of Lausanne
ParentsJochen Borchert
Member ofFriends of Europe/Young European Leaders/2012, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2011
Selected a Young Global Leader by the WEF in 2011 as CEO of Spiegel Online, the most influential corporate media outlet in Germany. From 2016 Chief Innovation Officer at Mozilla working on "strengthening its position in the fight against fake news".

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In office
2010 - 2016
EmployerSpiegel Online

Employment.png Chief Innovation Officer

In office
2016 - Present
Worked to strengthen its position in "the fight against fake news"

Katharina Borchert is a German journalist who was managing director at Spiegel Online 2010-2016. She was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011, and also a Young European Leader in 2012 by the corporate lobby organization Friends of Europe.

She was hired as Chief Innovation Officer at Mozilla Corporation from January 2016 until the end of 2020, responsible for the future direction of Mozilla products and "strengthening its position in the fight against fake news"[1][2].

Early life

Katharina is daughter of the Federal Minister of Agriculture Jochen Borchert (CDU). She studied law and journalism at the Universities of Hamburg and Lausanne.

As a freelance author, Borchert wrote for the FAZ, Die Welt and c't, among others. In 2002 she started her own blog, Lyssas Lounge, which she ran until 2007. In mid-2006 she became the online editor-in-chief of the Essen-based WAZ media group. In this position she developed the concept for the regional portal DerWesten.de. In 2007 she was promoted to Managing Director of WAZ NewMedia GmbH, in 2008 she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the WAZ Media Group and was thus responsible for the entire online business of the media group.


In 2010, Borchert became managing director of Spiegel Online.[3] After the former publishing director of the magazine Der Spiegel, Fried von Bismarck, left the German Press Council in 2011, Borchert became his successor there.[4]


Borchert has been a member of the Board of Directors of Mozilla Corporation since the end of March 2014.[5] In October 2015 it was announced that from January 2016 she would be responsible there as Chief Innovation Officer. Her successor as managing director of Spiegel Online was Jesper Doub.

In 2017 Mozilla announced it was "strengthening its position in the fight against fake news with a new program — the Mozilla Information Trust Initiative". Borchert stated:

We also have great interest in funding more research into that space. To me, research is an incredibly important foundation to better understand human behavior around fake news, to better understand the effects certain interventions can have. This isn’t a Mozilla perspective so much as my own interest right now: I would like to see more research that explores how people react when they are confronted with fact-checking, with the correction of things that they read and beliefs that they hold.[6]

Deep state connections

She was named a member of the 2011 Young Global Leaders (YGL) by the World Economic Forum in March 2011.[7]


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201422 January 201425 January 2014Switzerland2604 guests in Davos considered "Reshaping The World"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019World Economic Forum