Italiana Editrice S.p.A. (ITEDI)
Carlo Perrone is an Italian Publisher. Up until 2014 he was the full owner of the leading Ligurian daily newspaper "Il Secolo XIX". In 2015 the latter merged with La Stampa of Torino, creating a new, much larger and stronger multimedia group with a dominant position in the North West of Italy. It was named Italiana Editrice SpA. Carlo Perrone is currently serving as the Vice-President of Italiana Editrice (the President is John Elkann, Chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobile).
He is also the former Vice-President of the World Association of Newspapers and has been the Vice-President of the European Newspaper Publishers Association since 2010. In addition, he has been Executive Board member of Ansa (Italian national news agency) and FIEG (Italian publisher Federation).
Carlo Perrone is member of the International Advisory Board of Sotheby’s.
Dr. Coninx was President of the Board of Directors of the Swiss publishing company Tamedia for 20 years, retiring in 2007. His family has owned Tages-Anzeiger, Tamedia's flagship publication, for over a hundred years.
From 1993 to 2003, he was President of the Publishers Association Swiss Media. He is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Swiss news agency, Schweizerische Depeschenagentur (SDA). As well as being member of the Executive Committee and the Board of ENPA, Dr. Coninx is member of the Executive Board of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN)
Dr. Coninx is well known for his involvement in cultural activities, most notably as President of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Zurich University of Arts. He is also a dedicated philanthropist, namely through his work with the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists promoting talented young musicians. In addition he is a board member of the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society.
In 2009 became a member of the Board of Directors of Rothschild Bank.
IPM Group (La Libre Belgique)
François le Hodey’s academic background is in law and philosophy at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and economy at MIT (USA - Boston). His professional experience covers several fields namely law (business lawyer), public governance (chief of staff of a Belgian Minister), consultant (member of McKinsey in New York). Mr Le Hodey has worked in media for more than twenty years, serving as CEO of IPM Group, a Belgian publishing house which is owned by his family.He is an active investor in media companies and in new high-tech business in Europe and the in the US.
Publisher and Managing Director / CEO
Reutlinger General Anzeiger
Valdo Lehari Jr. is CEO and Publisher of Reutlinger General-Anzeiger Verlag in Germany. He has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors of Reutlinger General-Anzeiger since 1985. Previously, he was the Assistant of the Managing Director at the newspaper General-Anzeiger Bonn. He has also been Managing Director and CEO of “Radio RT 4” since its foundation in 1986.
In November 2010, he became Vice-President of the European Newspaper Publisher´s Association (ENPA), Brussels – after serving as its President for four years, the maximum term allowed under the organisation´s statutes. Since 2001, he has been Chairman of the Executive Board and President of the Association of Newspaper Publishers of Southwest Germany, “Verband Südwestdeutscher Zeitungsverleger e.V. (VSZV),” Stuttgart.
He has been a member of the Supervisory Board of dpa, Hamburg since June 2005. He has also been a Member of the Board "Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger e.V. (BDZV)," Berlin since 2001. In December 2010, he was appointed honorary senator of the University of Tübingen. In addition, he has been active for many years in various committees at the regional, federal and federal state level for more than 20 years.
Executive Director of Média Sud Europe
Bruno Pachent is the Director of Marketing and Development at Group La Dépêche du Midi . He is responsible for the strategic direction and marketing of publishing activities, advertising and services. He runs innovation and diversification projects of the Group "Média Toulousain", focusing especially on the digital sphere. In 2007, he founded "La Dépêche Interactive", the affiliate publisher of the website and mobile applications of Group La Dépêche du Midi which he chaired until 2012.
Moser Holding AG
Head of Legal Department
Bartosz Romanovski graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at Warsaw University. He enrolled in the American law study programme co-organized by the University of Florida and the University of Warsaw. He joined Agora in 2013 as Head of the legal department. Previously, he had worked at the law firm Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski & Partners Sp.k for seven years. He is a legal counsellor at the District Chamber of Legal Advisors in Warsaw.
Alvin Sold started his career in journalism at the newspaper Républicain Lorrain in 1964, the first year it was launched in its Luxembourg edition . In 1974, at the age of 31, he became the editor of the Tageblatt. Subsequently, he became manager in 1977 after the departure of Jacques Poos. He ran the publishing group of Esch-sur-Alzette for 37 years until 2011. During these years, he mainly developed its French-language Newspaper publishings, namely Le Quotidien (a joint venture with Le Républicain Lorrain) , the weekly newspaper "Le Jeudi", and the free daily "L'essentiel". He is now the Managing Director of Editpress and member of the Complaints Committee of the Council of Press.
Chairman of the Managing Board of the Union of
Publishers in Bulgaria (UPB)
Co-publisher and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Economedia AD
Mr. Zahov is Co-publisher and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Economedia AD – the publisher of Capital newspapers, the business news site Dnevnik.bg and several other editions. He is also the majority shareholder and the CEO of Inovent Holding AD-Bulgarian business group operating in the sectors of IT&Telecommunications, renewable energy, real estates and financial operations. Mr. Zahov is the founder and the CEO of Spectrum Net – the most successful alternative telecommunications operator in Bulgaria, which in 2011 was sold to Mobiltel. At the time of the sale Spectrum Net had a revenue of EUR 20M, EBIDTA of EUR 5M and staff of 450.
Theodore Zahov is well known in the NGOs sector. He is Chairman of the Managing Board of the Union of Publishers in Bulgaria (UPB), Board member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Board member of the Confederation of the Employers in Bulgaria (KRIB), Chairman of the Control Council of the Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (BAIT). In the past he was Chairman of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (BAIT), Co-Chairman of the committee “ICT and E-government“ of the Confederation of the Employers in Bulgaria (KRIB), Chairman of the Managing Board of the Society of Electronic Communications (SEC).
Theodore Zahov is a graduate of the Technical University in Sofia and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.