Speakers | Print World 2016

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Print World 2016

10 Oct 2016 to 12 Oct 2016
Reed Messe Wien, Vienna

accompanying the World Publishing Expo 2016

Speakers | Print World 2016


Board Member, Styria Media Group, Austria

Born in Graz in 1966 he studied Jurisprudence (his dissertation was on the subject of ‘Media Law') at the Karl-Franzens University Graz. During his time studying he was able to gather experiences as a journalist at various daily and weekly newspapers from 1986 onwards and was appointed to Chief Editor in 1991 at the weekly newspaper "der neue Grazer/der neue Steirer". Simultaneously he was substantially involved in the establishment of the first Grazer Stadtradios (town radio) 107, 5 (1997/98). In 2002 Klaus Schweighofer moved to Equity and Finance Management at "Styria Medien AG" and since then has been responsible, besides radio and television participation at home, above all, for the expansion of "Styria" in Slovenia and Croatia. Amongst other things, the newly founded daily newspapers "24sata" (Croatia) and "zurnal24" (Slovenia) came under his area of responsibility. With the foundation of "Styria Media International AG" 2005 he was appointed to the Board and additionally held a series of Executive and Board of Directors´ seats. On 3rd March 2008 Klaus Schweighofer was appointed to the Board at "Styria Media Group AG". He continues to belong on the Board of "Styria Media International AG". Klaus Schweighofer is married and father of two children.

Editor, De Correspondent, the Netherlands

After spending three years working for the biggest literary agency in the Netherlands, Milou Klein Lankhorst (1987) joined the Amsterdam-based journalism outfit The Correspondent in early 2013. She developed the organizational structure that coordinates the efforts of (meanwhile) over 40 employees and founded a speakers' agency that is helping reporters directly engage with a growing audience. In her current role as Publisher, Milou now oversees The Correspondent's book publishing division, guiding projects from the initial idea through writing, editing, distribution, and promotion, within the Netherlands and abroad.

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.



Managing Director, Russmedia and Editor-in-Chief, Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Austria

Gerold is heading the digital transition of Austrian-based publishing company, Russmedia’ since 2011. With an emphasis on local news and a mobile service strategy he has led the regional news portal VOL.AT (Vorarlberg Online) into the Top 5 Austrian news websites, while Vorarlberg is Austria’s second smallest province. 

Gerold is editor-in-chief of VN, the largest newspaper of Austria’s westernmost province Vorarlberg. From 1996 to 2003, Gerold worked in Munich, Germany as tech journalist, tv producer and editor in chief for the business-radio of F.A.Z., SAT.1 Bavaria/tv.münchen and crossmedia production company AME. He has successfully completed the Media Executive Leadership Program at Northwestern University/Kellogg Business School, Evanston, IL. Gerold is board member of the International News Media Association INMA and the Global Editors Network.

Technical and Production Director, The Times of India

Sanat Hazra studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning BS in Photographic Science & Engineering, MS in Printing Technology and attended Tuck College at Dartmouth University studying Corporate Leadership Program. Before joining the Time of India as Technical and Production Director in 2008, Sanat worked at the New York Daily News as VP of Production. Sanat dedicated 14 years with the New York Times prior to joining the New York Daily News. As Executive Director of Production at the New York Times, Sanat was responsible for transforming company’s two printing plants into state of the art operation, optimising the entire supply chain of the newspaper, implementing Statistical Process Control and Six Sigma process and winning many International Newspaper Color Quality Club awards.

Prior to the NYT; he worked for the Crosfield Electronics as Senior Material Science Engineer. At Crosfield Electronics, he developed direct imaging thermal plate for CTP application.

Managing Director of KP Services (Jersey) Limited, UK

Jack Knadjian is the Managing Director of KP Services (Jersey) Limited, a new digital inkjet newspaper printing plant on the British Channel Islands of Jersey.

Jack has specialised in the field of newspaper digital printing for the past 15 years. Having worked for both Kodak and Agfa, he has been instrumental in the development of the newspaper inkjet business. He has a thorough understanding of technologies and applications as well as the financial viability of the inkjet user’s business. He is well known in the industry; both with the vendors and the users.

General Manager, CSQ – Centro Stampa Quotidiani, Italy

Dario De Cian graduated in 1990 in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

From 1991 to 1996 he worked as Project Manager in a company belonging to the Mannesmann group, supplier of control systems for power and desalination plants.

He started working in the newspaper industry in 1997 as Sales Manager for the Italian market of Muller Martini. Since September 2000 he is working at Centro Stampa Quotidiani where he served initially as Products Development Manager, since September 2001, maintaining the commercial responsibility, he is also appointed Technical Director and from  July 2009 he is the General Manager of the company.

Managing Director, pme maurer GmbH, Germany

Hans Jörg Maurer, born 1964 is certified engineer. His first contacts to newspaper presses were as child, his grandfather and father worked at manroland where he also started as service engineer. 1996 he founded his own company with proactive maintenance engineering which leads to pme maurer GmbH. He got proven records of success with his methods for technical diagnostics on printing machines based on different technologies like infrared ultrasound and vibration to describe the situation of electrical and mechanical components.

CEO and co-owner, 07 Media AS, Norway

Havard Grjotheim is the CEO and part owner  of 07 Media AS. 07 Media is a major cross-media information service provider based in Norway. Havard is educated from the University of Oslo. His background is from the research sector, but for the last 25 years he has been involved in the media industry as a CEO. He has served, and is still serving, as a board member/President for several companies in Europe within and outside the media industry. Havard  has served as President for INTERGRAF in Brussel for 6 years from 2008 until 2014, and he has been at the Board of Directors for Print Power for the last six years.

CEO, Procurement Association of the Danish Press, Denmark

Thomas Isaksen is a board member of the WAN-IFRA World Printers Forum. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics, an MBA and a Master’s Degree in Negotiation.

Joint Managing Director and Editor, icmPrint, UK

He entered the industry in 1965 with a five-year apprenticeship in the UK, followed by 20 years in Australia working in print production, sales, marketing and management. In 1988, he returned to Europe working in Munich and Madrid for the Eurografica consultancy, followed by business development director of MEGTEC Systems. Owner of industrial marketing agency VIM, co-founder and manager WOCG, and Project and Publishing Manager for PrintCity. Author of multiple reports and guides for the printing industry. Formal education includes printing in the UK, management in Australia, and Masters in industrial marketing, Paris CNAM.


Manfred Werfel is WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO, based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is responsible for the Expo business of the association. He takes also care of the World Printers Forum, the print community within WAN-IFRA.

Since 1996 Werfel is part of WAN-IFRA’s management team. Over time he was responsible for Research, WAN-IFRA Reports, Expert Committees, Consulting, Training, Print Quality Projects, Events, Innovation Projects, World Press Trends, World News Media Congress, World Printers Forum and Expo. In 2012 he acted as Interim CEO.

Design Teacher and Researcher, Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, CIAUD and C3i, Portugal

Matos was born in Lisbon in 1971, where he studied Communication Design (BA), Graphic Arts (post-graduation) and Communication, Culture and Information Technologies (MA). Currently he is attending a PhD in Design at the University of Lisbon. His professional experience is mainly at the Editorial Design area, with books and newspapers. Since 1998 he teaches Desktop Publishing and Graphic Production in a Communication Design degree at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre. His research field is Newspaper Design, History, Practice and Sustainability.

PR and Business Development, Al-Jazirah Corporation for Press, Printing, and Publishing, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ms. Abdalla is one of Al-Jazirah’s Brand Ambassadors for its creative printing solutions, which is described as "the passionate next-level in storytelling, inspiring the newspaper's print industry, at the same time bridging and creating harmony between the print and electronic media in the digital age.
Ms. Abdalla is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with an MA in Mass Communications and a BA in Radio & Television.

Founder, Sirach Consulting, Germany

Sabine Sirach consults for the newspaper industry: creativity, trends and innovations in newspaper production and cross-media. She was formerly Head of Product Marketing Newspaper at manroland web systems GmbH involved in product planning, market research, and strategic customer consulting. Sirach also was Editor-in-chief of customer newspaper "manroland Messenger".

Member of the Board of ASIG Service Srl - Italian Association of Newspaper Printers

Luca Michelli is member of the Board of ASIG Service Srl, the operating Company of ASIG - Italian Association of Newspaper Printers - responsable for Marketing and Business Development Area, Editor of TecnoMedia, the quarterly magazine of ASIG, and WAN-IFRA Representative for Italy since the Year 2000. He began his career in the Communication and Media Industry in the late 70’s, within a local Radio Station in the city of Como. He was co-founder and co-owner of Espansione TV (local television in Como) in the mid of 80’s, where he developed tv documentaries and special reports with local and national focus. After a doctorate in Literature and Philosophy, he published a study on the cross cultural civilization between Europe and China in the XVI - XVIII Centuries (Electa Editrice)  with a foreword by the French historian  Fernand Braudel. Journalist since the mid of 80’s, after a master degree in the media industry at the Luiss University in Roma, he began to work in the newspaper business since the mid of 80’s, developing new products and services in the market for publishers, printers and suppliers. In the 90’ he joined for some years in Bruxelles a working group of European publishers focused on the human resources in the media industry after the EU Treaty of Maastricht.

Managing Director/CEO, PreMedia Newsletter, Germany

Prof. Ing. Karl Malik is Managing Director and CEO of PreMedia Newsletter. The German issue of the PreMedia Newsletter is published every month, twelve times  a year. The English World Edition is published quarterly, four times per year. The PreMedia Newsletter offers up-to-date information for the international top management of the media industry. The special reports deal with topics like marketing, management, executive functions and the international media markets, e.g. the special reports about the media situation abroad. Our editors are in close contact with newspaper and magazine publishing houses as well as the whole supply industry worldwide.

Deputy Director - Technical, Bennet, Coleman & Company Ltd., India

Shashank Chavan

Shashank Chavan is currently holding the Deputy Director - Technical position in Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd. He has been with BCCL for 24 years. He hold bachelors degree in Computer Science Engineering from Mumbai University and Management certification from Indian School of Business (ISB).  

Editor-in-Chief, 4c, Vienna, Austria

Schwarz is the editor in chief of 4c, a trade magazine for print, design & digital media. 4c is being published in an edition for Austria and since 2013 also in an edition for Germany. The circulation for both editions: 11.000 copies. 4c is very much interested in involving its readers not only through surveys, but also with regular discussions with its readers on Twitter (called: #4ctalk), mainly on business topics, or workshops and conferences. Some of the exclusive stories 4c has published about the print media business were quoted in newspapers and magazines in the German speaking region.
Martin Schwarz was awarded „Specialized Journalist of the Year 2016“ by the „German Association of Trade Press“ (Verband der Deutschen Fachpresse) for outstanding journalistic achievements.

Head of Print Department, Süddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck GmbH / Germany

Robert Heitzer studied printing technology at the University of Applied Science in Munich. Since 1996, he has been working at the printing plant at the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich. Heitzer was responsible for different projects including the re-investment press, automation of paper-roll handling process and retrofit projects. Moreover, he was interim Technical Director at the printing plant Frankenpost in Hof, a subsidiary of Süddeutscher Verlag.

Currently, he is managing the printing department of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, where Germany´s most popular daily Newspapers (Süddeutsche Zeitung, BILD, WELT, FAZ, Handelsblatt ) as well as Sunday Newspapers ( BamS, Frankfurter Sonntagszeitung and WELT am Sonntag) are being produced.

Executive Director of Europe and Africa, WAN-IFRA, Germany

As Director of Europe and Africa for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Ralf is responsible for the organisation's numerous activities in the region. He has over a decade of experience in digital media working in varied roles. After completing a journalistic apprenticeship at a regional newspaper, Ralf began his career as an editor and editorial team leader for T-Online in Germany. He went on to hold leadership positions at Coop Press, ETH Zurich, Information Architects and Denon Allmedia in Switzerland. Ralf has a Masters Degree in Political Science and Rhetoric from the University of Tübingen.

Chief Operating Officer, La Presse, Canada; President, Square Victoria Digital Properties; President, Nuglif, Canada

Pierre-Elliott Levasseur is Chief Operating Officer of La Presse, Canada’s French-language news medium of record. Over the last few years, Mr. Levasseur has led the company’s digital publishing operations and the development and implementation of La Presse+, an award-winning digital edition for tablets. Mr. Levasseur is also President of Square Victoria Digital Properties, a leading investor and developer of digital businesses in Canada. In recent years, he has guided the diversification of the company’s activities through acquisitions as well as through acquiring equity interests. Since May 2015, he has also overseen Nuglif, a subsidiary of La Presse dedicated to the ongoing development of the innovative publishing platform technology behind La Presse+ and to its successful integration into clients’ technical and operational environments. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Levasseur worked for Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial Corporation, where he was Treasurer from 2001 to 2006. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Senior Consultant, Kirchner + Robrecht, WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant, Germany

Moritz holds a Diploma degree in Print Plant Management from Munich University of applied sciences and a Master of Science degree in Graphic Arts Systems from Rochester Institute of Technology (NY, USA). He started his career at Fraunhofer IGD working on projects for Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and was involved specifying the CIP4 JDF format. As Chief Operating Officer he worked for the Bauer media group subsidiary in Magdeburg being responsible for the daily production of the large regional newspaper in a highly automated print plant. Since 2004, Moritz Schwarz has executed more than 200 production related consulting projects globally for WAN-IFRA.

Chief Executive Officer, Hürriyet, Turkey

Recognized for over twenty years as one of the leading authorities on digitalization, transformation, organic growth and customer strategies, Caglar Gogus is the Chief Executive Office at Hurriyet, Turkey’s largest and newspaper and digital publisher and classified sites.

Caglar Gogus has been the CEO of Hurriyet since February 2016 and worked as an independent member of the Board of the company in 2015. He has been working on accelerating the digitalization and convergence efforts thus digital revenues at Hurriyet and looking for further strengthening the firms’ real estate classified business and searching for new business extensions and revenue streams.

Before Caglar joined Hurriyet, he had an extensive international management consulting and entrepreneurial background in the areas of organic growth, financial services, customer experience management and big data technologies.

Caglar has been a keynote speaker at various global and regional conferences and executive workshops. He speaks with authority on issues of media, digitalization, organic growth and change management.

Print World 2016