Speakers | Digital Media World 2017
CEO, WAN-IFRA, France
Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on 1 October 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, since the end of 2008 he worked in the office of the French minister of Culture and Communication where he was responsible for newspapers and new media as well as the “états généraux de la presse écrite,” the French government’s response to the economic difficulties facing the newspaper industry. From 2004 to 2008 he was head of development at Edipresse Publications SA in Lausanne, with responsibility for reader studies and marketing research.
Vice Chairman, The New York Times Company, USA
Michael Golden was appointed vice chairman of The New York Times Company in October 1997. He was also elected to the Company’s Board of Directors in 1997. From 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Golden served as president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Company Regional Media Group. Mr. Golden served as publisher of the International Herald Tribune from 2003 to 2008.
Mr. Golden is chairman of the board of directors for International Center for Journalists, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that raises journalism standards through hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges. Additionally, Mr. Golden serves on the boards of The Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of America. He also serves on the board of directors of Graham Windham.
Chairman of the Board of Axel Springer and President of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers
Mathias Oliver Christian Döpfner (born 15 January 1963 in Bonn, Germany) is Chairman of the Board of Axel Springer and President of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers.
Mathias Döpfner grew up in Offenbach am Main. His mother was a housewife and his father was Dieter C. Döpfner, university professor for architecture and from 1966 to 1970 director of the Offenbach Werkkunstschule. Döpfner studied musicology, German and theater studies in Frankfurt and Boston. In 1990 he was appointed Dr. phil.
He began his career in 1982 as a music critic of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Döpfner changed to Gruner + Jahr in 1992, initially as an employee of the board member Axel Ganz in Paris, later he became assistant to the CEO Gerd Schulte-Hillen. In April 1994, Döpfner became editor-in-chief of the weekly Wochenpost. In 1996, he took over the chief editor's office of the Hamburger Morgenpost. In March 1998 he switched to the daily newspaper Die Welt as chief editor. In July 2000, Döpfner became a member of the Management Board of Axel Springer. Since October 2000, he has also served as a board member for newspapers, since January 2002 Döpfner has served as chairman of the board. Under his leadership, revenue from digital activities increased.
CEO, dmg media, United Kingdom
Kevin was appointed to the Board of DMGT plc in 2004, having joined the Group in 1996. Prior to this, Kevin was managing director of the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd, which at that time was part of Mirror Group plc.
With the Group for 20 years, Kevin has been managing director of The Mail on Sunday; managing director of the Evening Standard and London Metro; chief operating officer of Associated New Media; and managing director of Northcliffe Newspapers.
Kevin is now Chief Executive of dmg media, the consumer media operation of DMGT plc, which publishes the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Metro, Mail Online, Mail Plus, Metro digital editions and Elite Daily. dmg media also has minority interests in the London Evening Standard, Wowcher, a daily deals business and a number of e-commerce business.
He is a board member of the NMA and represents the UK publishing industry on the executive council of WAN-IFRA; he is a non-executive director of the PA Group where he chairs the nominations committee and is a member of the remuneration committee. Recently he has been appointed Chairman of the RFC, the body that funds IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation).
Chief Operating Officer, WAN-IFRA, Germany
Thomas Jacob was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. In this role, he has responsibilities for developing and implementing the organizations strategy to be the platform for exchange of ideas, information and experiences among the global news publishing industry. Prior to that he was the Deputy CEO, taking care of the regional operations.
Before WAN-IFRA, he worked for DMG Media, publisher of Daily Mail and Metro in UK. As the International Development Director, he identified and evaluated digital media companies in Asia for potential acquisition. He also conceptualized and launched a compact midmarket newspaper, Mail Today for the Indian market as a JV with the India Today Group.
Thomas Jacob is an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. As a summa cum laude, he is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society for management in the United States.
He is a trained engineer in electronics and telecommunications, having graduated with distinction from the National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, in India. He also underwent advanced studies in computer networking at ICIS, Singapore.
Editorial Director, Pfeiffer Report, France
After 10 years at the helm of a leading European technology magazine, Andreas founded Pfeiffer Consulting in 1998, with the aim to provide market-specific research and consulting to media producers and technology providers. Through his site Pfeiffer Report he offers in-depth analysis of emerging media, publishing and technology trends. Pfeiffer is a frequent speaker at international events for the publishing and media community, and his insights have been quoted in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and Wired.
Director of Insights & Editor-in-Chief, WAN-IFRA, Germany
Dean is Director of Insights and Editor-in-Chief of WAN-IFRA, he is responsible for coordinating all activities related to the organisation's array of multimedia publications. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in the news publishing industry, much of that time spent researching, analysing, identifying and ultimately reporting about global media developments.
Deputy Director, Global Advisory, WAN-IFRA, Germany
Nick runs our most advanced digital programmes, travelling the world to stay updated on tech trends and new funding models, from VR to crowdfunded news.
He started his career in London and has over ten years experience in innovative digital projects and collaborative working.
Before joining WAN-IFRA, he managed IT projects for ExxonMobil, Deutsche Bank and the European Patent Office, and facilitated the exec forums and conferences for the e-gov agency London Connects. He has a Diploma in Creativity, Innovation & Change from the Open University Business School.
Director, Global Advisory - WAN-IFRA, Germany
Ben is a leading expert on digital media, and at WAN-IFRA he has the task of providing independent advice on digital strategy and organisational change. He will also lead the various WAN-IFRA initiatives to support the media industry in its transformation.
Previously, he was Shaw Media's Chief Digital Officer, and focused in driving digital revenue and audience for their digital products in the United States. Shaw was also the company’s CTO and previously IT Director. He oversaw the alignment of all technologies to Shaw’s audience and revenue growth strategies. He was also actively involved in optimizing Shaw Media's over 100 print and digital publication products and workflows. He is a licensed Apple iOS Developer and an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist.
President, Local Media Association, USA
Nancy Lane is the dynamic leader of the Local Media Association, an organization that represents nearly 3,000 newspapers and hundreds of broadcast companies, directory publishers, pure plays and R&D partners. LMA is intensely focused on helping local media companies discover new and sustainable business models. The association conducts extensive training, mainly on the digital side, in areas such as analytics, Google AdWords, social selling, sales certification (basic and digital) and much more. Thousands of media executives have participated in the training programs offered by LMA over the past two years.
Lane leads an annual Innovation Mission every year and travels with senior level executives to visit with the world's most disruptive technology and media companies including Buzzfeed, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, eBay, PayPal, Schibsted, Deseret Digital, Russmedia, Axel Springer, The Hearst Corporation, The McClatchy Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many others.
Lane has served as president since October 2000 and prior to that she held publisher and senior level positions with daily and weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University and also serves on the VU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Ilkka Lavas is serial entrepreneur, speaker and digital marketing visionary. He is best known for his companies such as advertising network Improve Media, TableOnline booking service and legendary City Magazine Finland. Lavas started his career as an entrepreneur 20 years ago when he was only 17 years old. Since starting his first company he has grown his business empire and now he is CEO of group that employs over 100 people.
Ilkka Lavas, MBA, B.Sc. has been rewarded for leadership and entrepreneurship. His team was rewarded second fastest growing company in Deloitte Fast500-competition.Ilkka Lavas is passionate about growth companies and entrepreneurship. Challenges are just new possibilities and you can always learn from them. Ilkka Lavas is positive, diligent and a determined visionary, who's innovative process models have helped customers to grow and succeed year in, year out.
Managing Director, Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg, Germany
Since 2008, Dr. Sabathil has been the Managing Director at the Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg. His previous professional experience includes: From 1988 to 1989: Controller Axel Springer, Hamburg. From 1990 – 1991 he was CFO Medical Tribune International, Frankfurt before he became Managing Director at Ostsee-Zeitung, Rostock from 1992 – 2006. In 2007 he was Managing Director Leipziger Volkszeitung, Leipzig before joining Schwäbisch Media.