Speakers | Digital Media Europe 2018

Digital Media Europe 2018

10 Apr 2018 to 11 Apr 2018
JP/Politikens Hus, Copenhagen

Speakers | Digital Media Europe 2018


Editor-in-Chief, KK, KK.no and Topp, Aller Media AS, Norway

Ingeborg Heldal is the  Editor in Chief of KK, KK.no and Topp. She worked as a journalist in TV, radio and print and in digital publications for the last 14 years.

She was the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, Side2.no and worked with many influencers. 

Ingeborg also hosts her own radioshow and podcasts. 

CEO, Tamedia, Switzerland

Christoph Tonini (CH/I/1969) has been Chief Executive Officer of Tamedia since January 2013. He joined Tamedia in April 2003 as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Management Board. In recent years he has headed, among others, the Services, Newspapers Switzerland, Media Switzerland and most recently the Digital & 20 Minuten Division. He was also Deputy CEO from 2007. Before joining Tamedia, Christoph Tonini held various positions for Ringier between 1998 and 2003. Ultimately, he held the position of Head of Ringier Hungary and Romania. Christoph Tonini completed an MBA at St. Gallen University from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that, he completed an apprenticeship in offset printing and studied at the Swiss Engineering School for Printing and Packaging (esig) in Lausanne from 1990 to 1993.

Managing Director at Spring - Axel Springer Digital News Media

Stefan Betzold

Stefan is Managing Director for the digital activities of Axel Springer’s media brands in Germany, covering the leading news brands BILD and WELT, the special interest portals SportBILD.de, ComputerBILD.de, AutoBILD.de and various content verticals like stylebook, travelbook and techbook. He is responsible for product and monetization strategy across all digital platforms.

Before joining BILD in 2009, Stefan was Co-Founder and Managing Partner at a digital media agency and worked in various leading roles at AOL and Bertelsmann. Stefan has 16 years work experience indigital media and holds a master degree in Business and Marketing.

COO & President, Some Spider, USA

Paul Smurl joined Some Spider in May 2015. The Start-Up is launching and operating multiple identity-based digital brands each anchored by relevant content, community and soon commerce. 

Smurl spent the last ten years at The New York Times in digital product development, paid content, advertising sales, strategic planning and business development roles. The latest is as general manager, core digital products, managing the performance and product evolution of core web and mobile products. 

Consultant and Media Strategist, Sweden

Anette Novak is the former CEO of Rise Interactive, a Swedish ICT and design research institute focusing on interaction design and UX. Novak is also a member of the Tinius Trust Board of Directors since April 2017, vice president of Fojo Media institute and former board member of the World Editors Forum. In 2015-2016 she led a Media Policy Inquiry on behalf of the Swedish Government. She has a solid background from different managerial positions within the media sector. Until 2012, she was editor-in-chief of the regional media house Norran, where she attracted global attention for having launched collaborative journalism.

VP, Audience + Platforms at The New York Times and co-chair, NYT Women's Network, USA

Since July 2014 Grossman-Cohen has served in a number of roles at The New York Times. She started out at NYT as a Managing Director, Marketing New Digital Products and Mobile. Before this position, she was employed by News Corporation as the Vice President, Partner Relations. Currently, she is both the Vice President, Audience + Platforms at The New York Times and co-chair, NYT Women's Network. 

Grossman-Cohen holds a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University and received her Master's of Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. 

Deputy Director of TV, Groupe L'Equipe, France

Laure Bezault has been Deputy Director of TV at L'Equipe since 2016. She participated in the restructuring and editorial repositioning of the L'Equipe channel. The channel, first launched in 1998 on cable and satellite, has been broadcasting free-to-air since 2013. Since 2015, it has more than doubled its audience, raising revenue significantly while controlling costs. It is now the first sports television channel in France, the only one free-to-air. It forms part of the full editorial offer of Groupe l'Equipe, with a print and digital offer, daily and magazine.
Laure Bezault previously held the position of Secretary General of iTélé (Canal + Group's news channel) for 5 years. Previously, she was Editor in Chief for a local television channel, Nantes 7. She began her career at LCI (news channel of the TF1 group), as a journalist specialising in economic issues, after a University degree in Economics and a Masters in Media Management at ESCP-EAP.


CEO, Republik, Switzerland

After a chemist apprenticeship, Susanne Sugimoto obtained her Matura (high school degree) and went on to university to study geography and business information technology. Shortly after, she joined the Zürich local council and became secretary for the Swiss Commercial Employees Association where she represented the ground crew of Swissair after the grounding of the company. Out of curiosity, she then moved to the side she used to negotiate wages with: the corporations. She first became head of media relations and then head of communications for supermarket chain Coop. After five years spent at Coop, she worked for the multinational cement company Holcim where she was appointed head of communications for Central Europe. Today, she runs a consulting firm. As managing director of Project R, her job is to keep track of the budget and day-to-day business.

Editor-in-Chief, Fanpage.it, Italy

Francesco Piccinini is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Fanpage.it. He started his professional career as director of AgoraVox Italia and served as digital manager at Caltagirone Editore. Born in 1981, Piccinini studied communication and information sciences and obtained a doctorate from the University of Paris VIII. He lectured in brand strategy and communication at the Ecole Superieure de Gestion in Paris.      

Marketing Director Digital Product and Video, CorrieredellaSera.it, Italy

In her position, Colamussi is responsible for development of digital product at Corriere della Sera: website, mobile and video. She also develops online communication strategy to help the site reach a far greater audience, to identify and implement new business strategy with the aim of monetising content and audience for the news. In addition, she develops social communication activities to spread the brand and its content, to meet followers, fans and other online communities. She also produces new video formats for online audience, as well as manages mobile strategy to develop new formats, applications, commercial initiative. Colamussi is also responsible for managing all media partnerships and events dedicated to the Corriere della Sera digital product.

Independent consultant, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

A veteran digital leader in local media, Eric works as a consultant and trainer to news organizations navigating change. He was most recently managing editor for digital operations at the Philadelphia Media Network, the publisher of The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, where he oversaw visual journalism, content management tools and training and helped lead a top-to-bottom reorganization of the newsroom last year. He joined the company in 2014 as executive director of digital strategy before moving into the newly unified newsroom in 2016 to oversee digital efforts. He previously led digital news and product development at The Seattle Times and held a number of digital roles at the Los Angeles Times, where he co-founded the paper's award-winning Data Desk. He has taught journalism at the University of Southern California and the University of British Columbia and was a 2013 fellow in the Sulzberger Leadership Program at Columbia University.

Director, E-Business and digital subscriptions, Le Figaro, France

Since 2015, Gilles Corbineau is Director of e-business and digital subscriptions at Le Figaro. He participated in launching and developing Le Figaro Premium.  Previously, Corbineau was head of CRM and Data for the group.  

Prior to Le Figaro, he contributed in developing Firstream, a start-up specialized in commercializing paid subscriptions, and he was a consultant at Andersen Business Consulting. 

Corbineau began his career in the U.K. and the U.S. in the media industry, after earning his business degree in France at ESC Rouen and his MBA in the U.K. at the University of Hull.

SVP Consumer Marketing and Revenue, Schibsted Media, Norway

Tor is now SVP Consumer Marketing and Revenue at Schibsted Media, with responsibility for subscription revenue across Schibsted´s publishing brands. Tor has previosly had different positions at VG, VG Mobile, Aftenposten, and Schibsted Norway´s 4 subscriptions newspapers. Tor also has experience from Telenor, Deloitte and Nielsen. 

Independent consultant, General manager Pangaea, UK

Fiona McKinnon is an Independent Media Consultant with over 17 years’ experience in the Digital Advertising Industry.  Fiona’s experience is Global having built businesses, launched products and mentored teams across UK, Europe, Australasia and North America. 

Fiona has held senior Commercial, Product, Operations and Management positions in ad tech businesses including The Exchange Lab, Adconion, Agency Republic and Adviva Media.  

Fiona founded Turn Left Digital in 2014 and specialises in advising Publishers, Advertisers and Ad tech businesses on programmatic strategy, technology innovation, digital mentoring and new product launches.  Fiona currently advises as the General Manager of The Pangaea Alliance, a media collaboration between CNNIC, The Guardian, Reuters, Mansueto and Dennis Publishing.

Board member Jysk Fynske Medier, Fynske Medier, Fyens Stiftstidende, Ritzau, Dansk Handelsblad and Constructive Institute (Chairman), Denmark

Per Westergård has been editor-in-chief and CEO in a number of Danish magazines, local, regional and national newspapers, print and digital. Until 2016 he was coordinating editor-in-chief and director in Jysk Fynske Medier, the second largest private media group in Denmark (13 dailies, 64 weeklies, 4 radio stations and a great number of web sites). Today he is a board member, writer and part time circumnavigator. He currently holds positions as board member in six Danish media companies: Jysk Fynske Medier, Fynske Medier, Fyens Stiftstidende, Ritzau, Dansk Handelsblad and Constructive Institute (chairman).

Paywall and Product consultant, former Director of Product at the Financial Times, UK

  Gadi Lahav was head of Product for FT.com. He led the development of the new FT website, the fastest publisher website worldwide, winner of Best Website of The Year by British Press Awards and Newsawards, and Best Use of Technology by Digiday and INMA. In the last year, he is working in a Product role at TransferWise, and consulting to publishers. Prior to that, he was in a Product role at Amazon, and VP Digital of Haaretz, Israel's leading quality publisher.

Content & Community Manager, Content Insights, UK

Em Kuntze is the Content & Community Manager at Content Insights. With experience working in both the journalism and content marketing sectors - as well as a background in academia and education - she's well placed to comment on the evolution of editorial analytics. You can find her at @emkuntze or email at em[at]contentinsights.com    

Managing Editor, The Local Europe, Sweden

Paul O'Mahony is managing editor of The Local Europe, a network of nine sites covering the continent's news in English. He has lived in Sweden for almost 20 years and previously worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief of thelocal.se, the network's first national edition. Paul joined the digital-only publication as its first full-time employee in 2006. He is currently overseeing a shift to a membership model.

Head of Business Development & Innovation, Nettavisen, Norway

Pål Nisja-Wilhelmsen is Nettavisen’s head of business development and innovation. Nettavisen is Norways only digital-first national news source with visitors across all of Norway. Pål is a true digital pioneer with experience starting a dotcom-company, working in the advertising industry and over 20 years kickstarting everything from the first online classified in Norway, the first dating site and community, online magazines and working with the first norwegian blogs. Påls session will center around Netavisen’s innovative approach to utilize cross-market collaboration to battle the duopoly dependency.

Director of Education and Research, Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark

Trine Nielsen, Director of Education and Research at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Trine has 20 years of experience from the Danish Media Industry with a specialization in conducting major change processes, from focus on the influence of technology to the actually impact on the strategic, tactical and operational level. In addition, Trine has written several books on Innovation and Business development.

CEO and co- founder, Parse.ly, USA

Sachin founded Parse.ly in 2009 with co-founder and former NYU roommate Andrew Montalenti. Prior to starting the company, Sachin was a NYC Teaching Fellow, using assessment data and surveys to personalize curriculum through technology for students in math and economics in Brooklyn. He then started an EdTech consulting company that translated his work as a teacher to help build, implement, and manage a curriculum personalization system across schools in NYC.   Today, Sachin speaks around the world on how companies can incorporate data and analytics into their content and audience strategies. When not running Parse.ly, he is a mentor for Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, he sits on an advisory board for the University of Florida's Audience Analytics program, and he tutors students. Sachin has bachelor's degree in Economics from NYU and a master's in Education from Pace University. He enjoys listening to live jazz, exploring Brooklyn with his wife and their dog, Jamba, and never having a steady sleep schedule.

Founder and CEO, Xifrat Daten AG, Switzerland

Robert Madge is the founder and CEO of Xifrat Daten AG, of Switzerland, a supplier of data-centric services and IT solutions that enhance the relationships between businesses and consumers.

Since 2016, Xifrat has been developing a new set of service offerings that make privacy management a marketing asset and that unlock the use of personal data in ways that are positive both for individuals and for businesses that use the data.

Previously Robert was President of the European Association for Secure Identification, based in Barcelona, Spain, supporting industry users of tracking and traceability.



Founder and CEO, Blasting News, UK

Andrea is a serial entrepreneur dedicated to innovating digital media and technology.
In mid-2013, Andrea founded Blasting News (www.blastingnews.com), the largest global social news magazine, now ranked within the 200 most visited websites in the world (Alexa Ranking), reaching 100M monthly unique on-site readers and 350M monthly on-site video-views. Blasting News has offices in London (HQ), Hong Kong, Milan, New York, Rome, Palermo and Sao Paulo. In 2010, Andrea founded SuperMoney, currently the third largest price comparison website in Italy. Andrea obtained an MBA from INSEAD in 2005.




Director of SME Solutions, Newsquest Media, UK

Morgan Stevenson is the Director of SME Solutions at Newsquest Media since December 2016.  He is responsible for the delivery of best in class Digital Marketing solutions for local businesses in Newsquest markets.  He leads the development of the Newsquest Sales Academy and is responsible for driving revenues via Newsquest Medias part in the UK media -first publisher partnership,  1XL.

Morgan joined Newsquest from Trinity Mirror where he was Digital Innovation Director, and he has previously held positions as Commercial Development Director, Local World and Head of Display at Johnston Press. He started his career in advertising sales and has a degree in Engineering from the University of Leeds.

Director of Globe Labs, The Globe and Mail, Canada

Gordon Edall is currently the Director of Globe Labs at The Globe and Mail as well as the Corporate Security Officer for Canada's national newspaper.

In his innovation role, he heads up a program with a joint mandate to accelerate innovation by enabling entrepreneurial employees to do what they think needs done while also tapping into the start-up ecosystem to find up and coming companies to partner with. In building out the incubation program now called Lab351, an identity for the Lab has emerged centred around the intersection of User Experience and Machine Learning.

Prior to his work developing Lab351, Gordon worked in the data science group at The Globe And Mail and managed the build out of an advanced analytic stack including the predictive modeling and recommendation systems the company relies on today. Earlier in his career, he used to write a column in the investing section called Number Cruncher.

Director of Subscription Strategy, Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland

Danuta Breguła is Director of Subscription Strategy at Gazeta Wyborcza, the largest Polish opinion-making newspaper.

She is responsible for Gazeta Wyborcza’s digital subscribers' growth and revenue as well as the publication's performance marketing in digital and its paying audience engagement. Under her supervision, the number of digital-only subscribers of Gazeta Wyborcza has just reached 240,000 in 2020.

Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI)

Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI) founded in January 2015 by WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers. He is Editor of Adresseavisen, Norway’s fifth largest news- and advertising mediahouse. With ten additonal local newspapers situated in the mid-Norway, Adresseavisen is by far the largest compamy and the digital powerhouse of Polaris Media Group. Rolf is also Editor/director at the Polaris Media Lab. The Medialab, located in Trondheim, is supporting more than 30 newspapers in the Polaris Media Group, providing software development and maintainence for editorial and commercial purposes. The Medialab works closely with Schibsted’s digital development units with co-location of development teams at Schibsted Tech Polska’s Krakow operations. Rolf is also Chairman of the board of NxtMedia since 2011. Nxtmedia is an innovation cluster for the media industry in Middle Norway including newspapers, broadcast and web industry, universities and media software industry aiming to promote innovation and future media technology. Leading companies member of NxtMedia include Polaris Media, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, MKTMedia in swedish Stampen Group, Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL) and New Media Network.

Vice President, MWM Group, Sweden

Jonas Rehn has been working in the media industry for over 15 years. He started his career at a daily financial newspaper in Sweden, but has now been working at MWM for 10 years. Now he is the vice President for MWM, which specializes in IT-solutions and consulting services for the media industry.

Analytics & Best Practice, MWM Group, Sweden

Emma joined MWM in September 2017 where she has been working with data analytics and business intelligence. Since her very first day, she has been a part of the Stampen project, implementing the product, Media 365, where her main responsibilities have included data analysis providing the creation of our live dashboards and reports.

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