Speakers | Digital Media North America 2017

Digital Media North America 2017

19 Oct 2017 to 20 Oct 2017
The Thomson Reuters Building, New York City
United States of America (the)

Speakers | Digital Media North America 2017


Chief Executive Officer, TheStreet, USA

Dave Callaway, President of the World Editors Forum, has been the Chief Executive Officer and Editor Emeritus of TheStreet, Inc. since July 1, 2016. Previously he served as an Editor-In-Chief of USA Today International Corporation, from July 2012 to July 1, 2016. At USA Today Dave was responsible for the day-to-day coverage of the news staff on three continents and across all digital and print platforms. He oversaw about 300 USA Today journalists, a network of more than 150 correspondents and the communication between USA Today and Gannett’s 104 print and broadcast properties. USA Today is the fifth largest digital news organisation in the country with more than 40 million monthly visitors. It is the third largest newspaper.

Before joining USA Today in July 2012, Callaway was the Editor-in-Chief at MarketWatch and its predecessor CBS MarketWatch since 2003. Previous to being Editor-in-Chief, he was Executive Editor and Managing Editor, dating back to 1999. Callaway managed the coverage for a world-wide news gathering operation with 11 bureaus across the globe. Previously, he was a securities industry reporter at Bloomberg where he led a team of financial reporters throughout Europe covering the banking, investment banking and asset management business. Before that, he was a columnist at the Boston Herald where he co-wrote a daily financial column on comings and goings in the Boston business district.

Under his guidance, MarketWatch was named "Best in Business" for large financial websites three times by the Society of American Business Editors & Writers, and won the Editor and Publisher's EPPY Award for "Best Internet Business Service" three times as well. He personally won two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards for his weekly commentary column, which he wrote for 12 years. Larry Kramer was the founder, Chairman and CEO of MarketWatch from 1997-2005, when it was sold to Dow Jones.

Callaway is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, with both a bachelors and a masters degree in journalism.

President & CEO, The News Media Alliance, USA

David Chavern joined the News Media Alliance as president and CEO in October 2015. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation at the Chamber. He established the center, which is the first U.S. Chamber office focused solely on technology and innovation, and led a research and outreach program which was dedicated to the economic power of data-driven innovation.

A 1987 graduate of Villanova University’s School of Law, Chavern went on to receive his MBA from Georgetown University in 2003. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Executive Editor, STAT, USA

Rick Berke, Executive Editor, oversees STAT’s editorial team. STAT was launched at the end of 2015 by Boston Globe Media, the parent company of The Boston Globe, which has spun off a few publications focused on specific coverage areas since the paper was bought by Boston businessman John Henry in 2013

Berke was previously a longtime reporter and editor at The New York Times, where he served as White House correspondent, chief political correspondent, Washington editor, national editor, video content editor, and assistant managing editor. More recently, Rick was executive editor at Politico. Before he turned to chasing politicians, Rick’s first major investigative series, for the Baltimore Evening Sun and Regardie’s magazine, was a deep look at the science, history, onetime glamor, discoveries, and tax dodges behind the Howard Hughes Medical Institute – and its eccentric founder.

Head of Innovation & Platforms, Ringier, Switzerland

As Head of Innovations & Platforms, Marco Di Bernardo is leading multiple teams, developers, data scientists and more at Ringier. He provides technologies across the group and supports business units with data insights that improve their products. Marco has been with Ringier for 3 years and will share insights into one of the key projects he’s currently running. 

Ringier is a diversified media enterprise operating in 19 countries and employing some 7,300 people. Established in 1833, Ringier operates media brands in the print, TV, radio, online and mobile arenas. The company also runs successful publishing, entertainment and internet businesses. Now in operation for more than 180 years, Ringier is noted for its pioneering spirit and individuality and is committed to independence, freedom of expression and diversity of information. In the middle of digitalization, technology and data has become a key success in the company’s strategy.

President, Groupe Le Monde, France

Louis Dreyfus

Louis Dreyfus is the President and Publisher of the French Groupe Le Monde. He is also President of Huffington Post France and leads the board of directors of weekly magazines Télérama and Courrier International. He is a board member of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Vice-President of the supervisory board of news publisher Groupe Nouvel Observateur.

Dreyfus graduated from the HEC Business School and London School of Economics (LSE). He held executive positions at Hachette Filipacchi Médias (HFM) in the U.S. and France, and at the French daily newspaper Libération.

Managing Editor for Digital, The Washington Post, USA

As the Managing Editor for Digital at The Washington Post, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz drives innovation at one of the world’s greatest newsrooms. Digital video, virtual reality and drones are his current fascinations, working to combine the latest story-telling technology and platforms with The Post’s awe-inspiring journalism. When not looking for Unity developers or getting his folks flying lessons, he also oversees digital initiatives and operations, the 40-person video team, the photo, graphics and design departments and the multiplatform editing desk.

Vice Chairman, The New York Times Company, USA, and President WAN-IFRA

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 the President of WAN-IFRA. He is also chairman of the board of directors for International Center for Journalists, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organisation 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.

Publishing Director and Head of Management Board of BILD Group, Axel Springer, Germany

Donata Hopfen

Donata Hopfen is Publishing Director and Head of Management Board of BILD Group since May 2014. BILD is Europe’s largest newspaper and Germany’s largest digital news portal. Since 2010 she was Managing Director of BILD’s digital activities. Joining Axel Springer in 2003 Donata worked in various business development positions at BILD.T-Online and as head of business development in Axel Springer’s electronic media department. Donata’s career started as a strategy consultant in Accenture’s media and telecommunications practice. Born in Hamburg, she studied Business at the Universities of Reutlingen and Madrid (ICADE).

CEO, Telegraph Media Group, UK

Nick Hugh was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Telegraph in June 2017. Prior to this he was the company’s Chief Operating Officer, a role he held for six months having joined the company in January 2017. Nick is charged with continuing to grow the reach of The Telegraph’s quality journalism and diversifying revenue across the group, whilst ensuring the company maintains its rightful place as one of the UK’s leading media brands.

Nick has almost 20 years digital experience with companies that range from global media players to innovative start ups. Before joining The Telegraph he was Yahoo’s Vice President for EMEA where he was responsible for all business and operations in EMEA markets, a role which he was promoted to in 2015 having previously worked as Yahoo’s EMEA vice president of audience network and programmatic platforms. He previously spent more than 15 years at various internet companies, including BT and ad tech specialist, Phorm.

Nick has an MBA from INSEAD France, one of the leading business schools in the world and a BA Hons degree from Manchester, England.

Publisher and CEO, Star Tribune & Chairman, The News Media Alliance, USA

With a 35-year career in media, Mike Klingensmith is the publisher and CEO of Star Tribune. The Minnesota native took the reins of Star Tribune in 2010 following a distinguished tenure with Time Inc., where he held a series of management positions, including general manager of Time Magazine and CFO of Time Inc. He was the founding publisher of Entertainment Weekly, leading the magazine to its emergence as one of Time Inc.’s most profitable titles. Subsequently, he was named president of Sports Illustrated, expanding its print, television, and Internet profiles and launching SI.com. In 2001, he was named executive vice president at Time Inc.   Under Klingensmith’s leadership Star Tribune, the nation’s seventh-largest Sunday and 12th-largest daily newspaper, has improved profitability, achieved consistent circulation growth, and earned two Pulitzer Prize Awards, several Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a Gerald Loeb Award. In 2011, he was named “Publisher of the Year” by Editor & Publisher magazine.   Klingensmith earned his MBA and his bachelor’s degrees from the University of Chicago.  

Editor in Chief, The Lily - Design Director, Emerging News Products, The Washington Post, USA

Amy King is the editor in chief/creative director for The Lily, and design director for Emerging News Products at The Washington Post. Amy proposed and developed the editorial and creative mission ofthelily.com – a product aimed at millennial women that lives exclusively on distributed platforms. In her Emerging News Products role, she has helped to launch The Post’s national product suite, Snapchat Discover channel, Apple News and other initiatives with industry-leading distributed platforms. Amy came to The Post in 2013 as an art director for the Arts & Style section.

Editorial Director, La Factoría (Grupo Prisa), Spain

Virginia Lavín Amirola is an editorial strategist for online and off-line media. She is the Editorial Director of La Factoría, the content marketing business unit at Prisa Noticias, Spain's leading news media company. The team creates multi platform owned media for major brands. Their strengths are high editorial standards, a thorough understanding of the online, offline and broadcast production and strong expertise in understanding the role of editorial content to create brand and company value.
Some of La Factoría’s international clients are: Netflix, Mazda, Siemens, Renault, Air Europa, Amadeus, and national: BBVA, El Corte Inglés or Aena.

Executive Editor-in-Chief, Ekstra Bladet, Denmark

Poul Madsen

Poul Madsen is a Danish journalist, currently Executive Editor-in-Chief of Ekstra Bladet, Denmark´s leading online media. Immediately after graduating from the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, he got a job as a reporter at the Danish public television, TV2. In 1996 he became chief editor of the main editorial office in Odense and in 1999 head of TV2 News based in Copenhagen. In 2001, Madsen joined the tabloid Ekstra Bladet.

Media Independent Advisor, USA

Vivian Schiller is a media and technology executive with over 25 years of experience. Most recently as Global Chair of News at Twitter, in this role Schiller led the company’s strategy for news and partnership with journalism organizations and the news publishing ecosytem.

Just prior to joining Twitter, Schiller served as Senior VP & Chief Digital Officer for NBC News where she had strategic and operational oversight of the networks‘ presence on the web, mobile, devices, and social media. Properties in her portfolio included NBCNews.com, TODAY.com, MSNBC.com, iVillage.com, and BreakingNews.

Prior to NBC, Schiller served as President and CEO of NPR, leading all of NPR's worldwide media operations. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYTimes.com and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications. Earlier in her career, Schiller was the head of CNN Productions, where she led CNN's long-form programming efforts. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.

CEO and Founder of García Media, USA

 Dr. Mario Garcia

Mario Garcia is CEO/Founder of Garcia Media, a global consulting firm. He is known worldwide as one of the premiere media designers, having completed over  700 projects in 120 countries, including TheThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), New Straits Times (Malaysia),  Aftenposten (Norway), The Philadelphia Inquirer, Die Zeit and Handelsblatt (Germany), all the McClatchy newspapers in the US, 8 Postmedia newspapers in Canada,  Goteborts Posten (Sweden), Il Secolo XIX (Italy), The Citizen (South Africa).

Mario is also the Senior Adviser for News Design/Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, which he joined in 2013 as the Hearst Digital Media Professor in Residence.Mario founded the Graphics & Design program at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where he serves as a member of the Poynter Foundation.  He has been involved with the Institute's EyeTrack studies since the 1980s, including the most recent EyeTrack for the Tablet in 2012.

Mario has received over 300 SND Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award.  People Magazine selected Mario among the 100 Most Influential Hispanics. The University of Missouri awarded Mario its Medal of Honor in Journalism.

Director of Strategy, El Tiempo, Colombia

Juan Pablo is Strategy Manager at Casa Editorial El Tiempo, Colombia, with responsibility over the areas of Planning, Innovation and Big Data of the company. He's an industial engineer from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota and has a specialization degree in Finance and Systems from the same University. He's worked for 30 years in the areas of Strategic Planning, Marketing and Business Intelligence of large Colombian companies, and has been working for more than 17 years in the media sector.

Head of Sales and Product, Arc Publishing - The Washington Post, USA

Matt Monahan leads the product, sales and implementation teams for Arc Publishing, The Washington Post's burgeoning software-as-a-service CMS business. Over the past two years, Monahan has overseen the growth of Arc from a small experiment with university newspapers to an enterprise-scale SaaS business with some of the world's largest publishers as its clients. He has lead the implementation of Arc for major clients such as tronc, publisher of legacy brands like the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, Canada’s Globe and Mail, and South America’s digital powerhouse Infobae. Monahan also oversees strategy and development for the more than 15 newsroom products that comprise Arc.

Commercial Manager, Schibsted Content Studio, Sweden

Lotta has been working for Schibsted since 2006, starting off as an Key Account Manager at Aftonbladet – Sweden's largest newspaper – and has since worked as a Sales Manager, Creative Business Developer and for the last 2 years focused on sponsoring, branded content and native advertising. Currently in the role of Commercial Manager at Schibsted Content Studio her work consists of ensuring Schibsted’s content portfolio stays the best on the Swedish market, and educating the internal sales organisation, advertisers and agencies in strategies for content marketing.


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.

Executive Vice President, Amedia, Norway

In January 2017 Opdahl was promoted to Executive Vice President of Amedia. Before that he was Regional Director of NRK an Editor in Chief at Nordlys where he began his tenure woring a journalist and news editor. Anders also worked as reporter and deputy CEO in Finnmark Dagblad and A-pressen's Oslo editorial office, and has been a correspondent for Dagbladet in Northern Norway. He is deputy chairman of the Press Academic Committee (PFU).

Anders Opdahl is responsible for the regions of North, Central and West Norway.

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