Storytel, the Swedish audiobook, e-book, and publishing company, has named Johannes Larcher as CEO. He replaces Jonas Tellander who abruptly stepped down from the role in February, having been a cofounder of the firm in 2005. Larcher was most recently head of HBO Max Global, where he helped launch the streaming service in some 60 countries across Europe and Latin America. The company replaced three board members as well.

“The power of stories is more evident today than ever before," said Larcher. "Storytel has built an impressive service that seamlessly connects millions of listeners to their favorite authors and has established itself as a leader in audio entertainment in the Nordics and beyond." Last November, Storytel bought its first U.S. audio company,

"Larcher is a perfect fit for leading the company in its next phase of growth and international expansion. Johannes brings market-leading expertise in content, growth marketing and the management and scaling of direct-to-consumer subscription streaming services," said Hans-Holger Albrecht, Storytel chairman. Ingrid Bojner, who served as interim CEO, will remain a member of the management team.