Team Marketing chairman Wagner shot dead
Martin Wagner, the chairman of the board at the Team Marketing agency, has died after being shot in the Swiss canton of Basel-Landschaft yesterday morning.
The news was confirmed by local police amid reports that Wagner had been shot by his neighbour in the town of Rünenberg and could not be resuscitated at the scene. The perpetrator then killed himself, according to the reports.
The 57-year-old media lawyer became Team’s chairman in 2016, having earlier served as delegate of the board. He was previously joint chief executive of Team (until 2010), serving alongside Thomas Klooz.
Team said in a statement today: “We are shocked and saddened by the news, and our sincere condolences go out to his three children who he leaves behind.”
Wagner was a close associate of Bernhard Burgener, chairman of the board at Highlight Communications, the Swiss company that owns Team, Uefa’s Luzern-based agency partner.
Highlight Communications said: “Management and staff of the Highlight Group are today mourning the loss of Martin Wagner, who passed away this morning following a tragic incident at his home. The details of this incident are currently the subject of a continuing police investigation, and out of respect for Martin’s family, no further statements are being made at this time.”
Burgener added: “The board, management and all employees of the whole Highlight Group are all deeply shocked and pass their very deepest condolences to Martin’s family. Martin has been integral to the success of the Highlight Group since 1990 and his loss leaves a substantial hole in the organisation.”
Wagner was vice-chairman of the board at Highlight Communications and head of legal affairs and compliance of the Highlight Group until 2015. Following his resignation, he remained a board member at several Highlight subsidiaries. These included Highlight Event and Entertainment, the company that marketed the Eurovision Song Contest and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as the Team Marketing agency spun off its music activities to focus solely on marketing the Uefa club competitions.
During Wagner’s time as delegate of the board at Team, Patrick Murphy, Simon Thomas and David Tyler, three senior executives on the agency’s management board, left amid a fallout with Wagner, leading to a management restructure at the agency.
Wagner, an often outspoken figure, founded a new law firm last year and was also briefly publisher of Basler Zeitung, the newspaper based in the Swiss city.
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