David Shing is AOL’s Digital Prophet. He spends most of his time watching the future take shape across the vast online landscape. The rest he spends talking to people about where things are headed, and how we can get the most out of it. He also identifies new areas of opportunity for AOL and collaborates with the agency and marketing teams to develop creative brand engagement. While his job as prophet has never given him cause to carry a staff or wear a robe, he does give in to the occasional pair of sandals. He lives in New York with his wife Lia.
Dominique Delport is Global Managing Director and Chief Client Officer for Havas Group where he oversees global client relationships, marketing initiatives and new business across both media and creative teams. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Vivendi SA and in September 2015, he was named President of Vivendi Content. In 2016 Dominique launched STUDIO+, the first global premium short series app. Former TV journalist, broadcaster and web entrepreneur, he is an Emmy award winner (2007), an accredited Facebook Influencer (2016) and was named Creativepool Influencer of the year (2017).
As Chief Creative Officer, International at DigitasLBi, Chris oversees the agency’s creative output internationally. He has overall responsibility for DigitasLBi’s point of view on the world, and is the father of the famous unicorn emblem. Known for his provocative views, Chris is a regular commentator in titles like The Guardian, The Drum and Campaign, and was amongst the first in our industry to highlight the darker side of digital disruption. He is a passionate proponent of the idea of enlightened self-interest, and believes that businesses can build their brands by creating work which has a social purpose at its heart – a view which is reflected in DigitasLBi’s initiatives for clients like Durex and AstraZeneca.
Nicolas Bidon is Global President of Xaxis, responsible for guiding overall company strategy, growth and client development as well as driving growth for Xaxis specialist companies Triad Retail Media, Light Reaction, Bannerconnect and plista. He previously served as CEO, EMEA for Xaxis. Nicolas has extensive knowledge of the Xaxis business having served as Managing Director, United Kingdom for three years prior to his joining plista as Global CEO. As MD, UK, he led three years of high double digit growth for Xaxis, establishing the UK as the company’s second largest market globally. Nicolas joined Xaxis from Yahoo! where he was director of brand display for EMEA. In this position he was responsible for shaping the regional strategy for display solutions and video, and for developing innovative, multi-screen offerings for brand advertisers across desktop, tablet and mobile. Nicolas has worked in software, media and technology for more than 20 years with tenures in San Francisco, London and Switzerland.
Nigel Morris is CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Americas and EMEA, leading the operations in both regions, and responsible for 70% of Group revenue. He has successfully led the development of the operating model adopted globally by Dentsu Aegis Network, including most recently, its evolution into a learning system for the Digital Economy. Nigel believes in “flat, non-hierarchical organisations and the power of culture as a force for positive change”. When he became CEO of EMEA, in addition to the Americas in 2012, he transformed the structure and culture, building a region now growing at over six times the market average. In 2009 when he moved to the US as CEO of Aegis Media he transformed a struggling media operation into the dynamic, successful communications group it is today, increasing revenue fivefold in less than four years.
Gian Fulgoni co-founded comScore in 1999 and helped grow it to become a global leader in digital analytics with $2 Billion in market value. Previously, he led IRI through a period of dramatic growth, from $2 million in annual revenue in 1980 when he joined, to $500 million annually in 1998 and a market value of $1.4 Billion along the way.
Nicola Mendelsohn is VP for EMEA, Facebook, a role she has held since 2013. In addition, she is the co-chair of the Creative Industries Council alongside Secretaries of State for DCMS and BEIS – a joint forum between the UK creative industries and government. In 2014, she became a non-executive director of Diageo. She is also a Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and serves on The Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board. Nicola and her husband are co-presidents of the charity Norwood. In 2015, she was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the creative industries in the UK. Prior to joining Facebook, Nicola worked in advertising for 20 years notably at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Grey London and Karmarama. Her greatest joy in life comes from her husband Jon and her four children Gabi, Danny, Sam and Zac.
In his role, John works closely with GroupM’s digital and media experts, taking best practices for online safety and viewability and implementing them in global markets. Focused on digital safety in the inventory supply chain, John works tirelessly to help clients ensure their messages are 100% viewable, in brand-safe environments, with a consumer-friendly experience. John has more than two decades of experience in the media industry, specifically with WPP, and is viewed widely as a top digital innovator. John is chairman of the 4A’s Media Leadership Council, and co-chairman of the TAG anti-piracy initiative.
Digital media pioneer, Nigel Gilbert leads AppNexus‘ commercial efforts across Europe, including the Paris & Hamburg offices. Prior to joining AppNexus, he served as Head of Orange Ad Market (UK & FR) for France Telecom. He was responsible for all commercial operations at Orange Ad Market, the real-time bidding (RTB) exchange.
Daniel Knapp is a Senior Director at IHS, where he oversees the global advertising research, consulting and forecasting practice. His key research areas include media market disruption, the re-architecting of the media industry through data-driven approaches, publishers’ digital innovation strategies, platform economics, advertising technology, and media M&A. His insights have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Variety and other international newspapers and industry journals.
Anita Caras is responsible for leading a team of high performing insight professionals spanning all markets outside the US. Under her direction, the team are responsible for delivering consumer insights and data assets that generate demand, support International revenue commitments and help build AOL’s brand equity in the digital advertising space.
SVP, Sales Enablement and Advertising Technology, BBC Worldwide
Anne is Senior Vice-President of Sales Enablement and Advertising Technology at BBC Advertising, a division of BBC Worldwide that handles the BBC’s commercial business outside of the UK. She is responsible for the global marketing and sales enablement activities that support sales teams across BBC World News, BBC.com, BBC World Service and BBC Worldwide brands.
A founder of IAB Greece in 2001 and co-founder of IAB Europe in 2002, Constantine currently serves as IAB Europe’s Chairman of the Board of Directors since May 2013. He is also an adviser to OPA Europe, working with a select group of premium content providers on the association’s “best practices in digital publishing” program. In his native Greece, he sits on the Boards of leading digital companies, advising them on Strategy & Business Development as well as Corporate and Brand Communications.
EMEA Head of Agency, Adobe Advertising Cloud, Adobe
EMEA Head of Agency, Adobe Advertising Cloud, Nick Reid, boasts almost two decades of experience in the UK media industry, having started his career at DoubleClick in 1999, when it was still just an ad sales house. Since that time, his career has taken him to some of the hottest brands and agencies in Europe. These include: four years at Mindshare managing accounts such as Volvo, Nike and Three mobile; Emap, where he became sales director on their digital team and as head of sales for MySpace, where he established the sales team in the UK and was one of the first ten employees this side of the Atlantic. Prior to joining TubeMogul in 2013, Nick was VP Advertising at Adjug when it was purchased by IgnitionOne – and where he subsequently became managing director. The last four years at TubeMogul has seen the transition from start-up, to becoming a public business, post IPO in 2014, to being acquired now by Adobe at the end of 2016. Nick is a graduate of Leeds University where he read Philosophy.
Founder and Director, Center for the Digital Future
Jeffrey Cole has been at the forefront of media and technology issues for over 30 years. As founding director and CEO of the Center for the Digital Future (affiliated with the Annenberg School at USC) he runs the World Internet Project (WIP), the largest global project tracking digital use in over 30 countries. He regularly advises government leaders and CEOs of some of the world’s largest entertainment, media, retail and sports companies.
President & CEO, IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals)
Trevor Hughes is the president and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). In this role, Hughes leads the world’s largest association of data protection & privacy professionals. A native of Canada, Hughes is an experienced attorney in privacy, technology and marketing law. He previously served as the Director of Privacy at Engage—one of the first privacy professionals in the online advertising industry. He was a founding board member and Executive Director of the Network Advertising Initiative, the original self-regulatory program for the online advertising industry, and founder of the Email Sender and Provider Coalition. Hughes has contributed to media outlets such as the New York Times, TechCrunch and WIRED and is co-author, with D. Reed Freeman of Privacy Law in Marketing. He is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law.
Philipp von Hilgers is Managing Director at Meetrics, a Berlin-based company for web analytics and the measurement of online reading activities. Before founding Meetrics with his brother Max von Hilgers, Hendrik Schumacher and Felix Badura in 2008 he built his expertise in user interface engineering and experimental systems, working at institutions such as Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Princeton University, MIT and Harvard. Phlipp van Hilgers holds a PhD in Media Science.
Thomas Duhr, born in Wuppertal Germany in 1964, studied Biology and Economics at Cologne University. He began his career at Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt GmbH, where he held a variety of positions in their Product Management department. In 2000, as Executive Officer, he was responsible for the setup of the Internet-TV-Start-Up beTVeen.com. In 2002 he joined WEB.DE AG, now United Internet Media GmbH, as Executive Sales Manager. He was jointly responsible for the company’s Operations as well as Finance. He has been Executive Vice President at IP Deutschland since November 2012 focusing on data technology. Additionally, Thomas Duhr is Vice President of Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW) overseeing activities in data, technology and policy.
Björn Kaspring is working as Head of Premium Display at the leading german digital marketeers InteractiveMedia – Part of the Ströer Group. He’s responsible for the strategic product adjustment and the development of new premium display products. He is Chairmen of the board of the AGOF and member of the board of the Fokusgruppe Digital Marketing Quality within the Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW). Before that he worked in serveral different leadership positions in advertising agencies and in the BVDW in a leading function for online marketing and market development. Beside the lead of market relevant quality projects like the standardization of the viewability measurement, Kaspring was active in many market committees. He represented the German online marketers in Europe as an elective member in the board of the IAB Europe for several years.
Neil Bowman is the Vice-President of Advertising Technology for BBC Advertising. He is responsible for the technical direction and integration of all ad platforms across the globe. This includes responsibility for ad serving, programmatic, data management and warehousing, new ad format and site monitoring across BBC’s international TV, radio and digital portfolio. Prior to joining the BBC, Neil held senior roles in technology, product and operations at AOL Advertising where he ran a team of specialists focussing on adserving technology, video, mobile platforms and audience targeting for their O&O properties. He has also held technical and operational positions at Trinity Mirror and Carlton Interactive.
ANTHONY RHIND is Beamly COO. Beamly offer digital marketing services encompassing creativity, omnichannel development & media optimisation, with a core philosophy commitment to marketing science. Beamly is wholly owned by Coty Inc. Prior to joining Beamly, Anthony has spent over 20 years working in ‘AdTech’ & Media Agencies. His background in strategy, digital & technology has fueled a conviction that the integration of creativity, data & automation can revolutionise how marketing drives consumer utility & business value.
Marc Sier is Chief Operating Officer at Admeira, Switzerland´s leading advertising sales and technology provider. He has co-lead the foundation of the company and is now responsible for Technology, Finance, Innovation and Transformation. He has been active in the Telecoms, Media and Technology space for more than 15 years and has shaped the strategic agenda of companies in more than 40 countries around the world. Prior to working for Admeira, Marc served as the VP Strategy & Business Development for Swisscom and held senior positions in the strategy consulting space. He currently serves on the board of several ad tech companies in Europe.
Townsend Feehan is CEO of IAB Europe. Prior to joining IAB Europe, Townsend worked for Microsoft Legal & Corporate Affairs in Brussels and ran EU industry associations in the ICT, consumer electronics and biotechnology sectors. She previously represented Microsoft on IAB Europe’s Board. Townsend has an M. Phil. in European policy from the University of Edinburgh.
Dave Grimaldi is Executive Vice President for Public Policy at IAB, and is based out of the Washington, D.C. office. He leads the the IAB policy team, which advocates on behalf of IAB member companies before Congress, federal agencies, and involves direct lobbying, political fundraising, issue campaigns, and policy development.
CEO, The ADEX (Vice-Chair IAB Europe Programmatic Trading Committee, IAB Europe)
Dino Bongartz studied economics at the University of Marburg. During his studies, he founded mediasquares in 2001 and in the next 4 years he established the company, as one of the TOP 5 Sales houses in Europe. Mediasquares worked for websites and clients like Axel Springer, Coca Cola, NBA.com, Vodafone, sport1.de. Since 2005 he is an Investor in multiple Tech, Adtech and Software Companies. He is Founder of ADEX, the leading European Data Management Platform and serves the IAB Europe as Vice Chairman of the Programmatic Board.
In 2017 Guy Phillipson was appointed Chairman of the Hearst-owned digital advertising agency iCrossing UK, whose key clients include Barclays Bank, L’Oreal and Marks & Spencer. Guy’s career-defining role was as trade body CEO at the Internet Advertising Bureau UK (IAB), from 2005, spanning a period of explosive growth in digital media. Under Guy’s leadership, the IAB inspired marketers, agencies and publishers alike to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by digital media – as, in turn, Web 2.0, social media, video, programmatic display, and mobile advertising evolved to dominate marketing communications. By 2016 digital ad spend represented 50% of all ad investment in the UK, totaling £10 billion. Prior to focusing on digital media at iCrossing and the IAB, Guy gained broad media experience as Head of Advertising at Vodafone UK and in other marketing roles at The Marketing Store, Barclays Bank and The Granada Group. A man of eclectic interests – from jazz to theatre, from cycling to birds – Guy divides his time between Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight, with his wife, Rebecca. They have two children, Susannah and Jasmine.
Ari Paparo is the CEO of Beeswax, an ad tech start-up in New York that has created the industry’s first Bidder-as-a-Service platform. Previously, Ari has held a number of product leadership positions in the ad tech and marketing tech sectors, most recently as EVP of Product Management for Bazaarvoice, a publicly traded SaaS company that enables retailers and brands to better connect to their consumers through ratings, reviews, photos and other user generated content. Formerly, he was the Director of Product Management at Google’s DoubleClick business and the head of product management for AppNexus. Ari is well known in the online advertising community for his authorship of the VAST (Video Ad Serving Template) specification for online video and his development of an online gross ratings point (GRP) model for Nielsen. He is a frequent contributor to BusinessInsider and other industry publications as well as a speaker at advertising industry conferences.
Nick Hewat is the Commercial Director of The Guardian, joining in July 2013. Prior to this appointment, he was the Group Sales Director of Telegraph Media Group. He spent 17 years in Commercial Radio, with Capital Radio and Virgin Radio, where he was Commercial Director.
Oliver Kanders is Director of Market Building and Marketing at zeotap and a certified Systemic and Speaker Coach. On a global mission to advocate the value of deterministic data and more relevant advertising for consumers, Oliver spends most of the year travelling across the world helping large agencies, brands and publishers give birth to powerful data innovations. Before zeotap, Oliver worked for the Executive Boards of Handelsblatt Publishing Group, Bertelsmann Media Group and the Berlin-based incubator HitFox Group.
William Albert Bol began his career in 1998 on the media side at VNU/ Sanoma. Later he went to the agency side at TBWA\, where he was Digital Director. He then worked for six years on the advertiser side as media manager for Vodafone. Since 2014 he is back in media and works for the dutch Persgroep. Currently, he is Creative Director and leads the MediaLab. His department assists clients with partnerships and customized solutions. He’s also a frequent speaker, a columnist, a member of GVR, IAB, and MWG, and often a jury member for the following awards: EFFIE, AMMA, SponsorRing, SAN.
Chairman of the Brand Advertising Committee, IAB Europe
“Being a serial entrepreneur and disruptor in the digital media industry for over 20 years, at the core of Karim’s work is the strengthening of advertising and commerce through application and constant innovation of technology. In 1999, with a background in computer science and database marketing, he founded Xenion, the first German online media agency and after the sale to Dentsu Aegis co-founded their digital network Isobar and drove the development in CEE. He initiated the German Association of Online Media Agencies (FOMA) and acted as their chairman for four years. After joining nugg.ad in 2009, he created the de-facto standard for digital audience buying and sold the company to the Deutsche Post/DHL. He is also the initiator and chairman of the Brand Advertising Committee of the IAB Europe as well as an ambassador of the BVDW. Currently he is engaged in the area of Secure-IoT- as well as VR/AR-platforms.”
Based in Paris, Julien Gardès serves as General Manager, Southern Europe and joined Adform in March 2017. As an ad tech veteran, Julien previously worked as the Managing Director for Southern Europe and MENA at the Rubicon Project. Before that, he was at 24/7 Real Media as Head of Technology Sales. Prior to that, Julien worked at ValueClick Media as Head of Operations and Publishers, coming from the position of Joint Managing Director at online performance advertising network MIVA.
A seasoned media & marketing communications professional with over 20 years experience, Sital has worked with in both the agency and client world. As global head of media for Philips based in Amsterdam, he passionately drives engagement with the increasingly digital consumer using a variety of ad-tech opportunities to drive efficiency & effectiveness of media investments. In recent times, he has been part of the programmatic buying committee set up by the World Federation of Advertisers as well is representing the advertisers point of view on the Pan- European Viewable Impressions Steering group. An active member of the global media industry, he is invited to several juries and speaks on a variety of key issues – helping shape opinion and drive change.
Thomas leads product strategy on measurement and analytics across the Adform platform. Prior to joining Adform, he worked at Google, where he launched the Analytics 360 Suite in EMEA and was responsible for YouTube measurement and cross-media impact analysis. Before that, he led qualitative and quantitative media research for Dentsu Aegis in Germany.
Peter started working in the media industry in 1993 – first in TV, then on an advertising agency and onward to a media agency, into the realm of Math Men. Today he collects data from a variety of sources, build insights and do planning and do a lot of data “plumbing” on behalf of clients.
Oliver has been a master brain, and major leader in digital transformation for some of the top media companies in Germany and Europe. He has been working in senior management positions for more than 10 years, and aggregates digital expertise for more than 20 years, from all relevant parts of the digital value chain – product, tech, advertising, strategy.
Reuben is an expert in live audience engagement. A regular presenter at events around the world, he works with clients to create the most entertaining, interactive experience possible. He is also in demand as a creative facilitator, running workshops for media agencies and owners such as BBC, Channel 4, Google and Yahoo! to help them unlock creative ways to tell compelling stories.
Tom works with Shareactor an AI driven on-demand platform startup supporting on the sharing economy marketplaces. He is Board Advisor at MAXL Investment Management, a digital media consultant, and a well-known industry speaker. Prior to this he was CEO of Intelligent Optimisations, a machine-learning platform operating in the programmatic advertising space. Before that, as SVP at BBC Worldwide, he managed the commercial launch and growth of bbc.com and was responsible for revenue operations and content solutions for both television and digital products. Tom spent 10 years with Microsoft Advertising: first, launching UK ad sales, and later leading global sales development across EMEA, LATAM and APAC. He joined Microsoft from Yahoo UK where he was the launch sales director. Tom has served as an elected Board member of IAB Europe. He is a mentor to emerging UK digital and technology companies.
As SVP, International Key Accounts Sales & Solutions, Nicolas Mignot leads sales to broadcasters, operators and major video publishers supporting FreeWheel’s continued expansion across EMEA. Prior to joining FreeWheel, Nicolas served as Country Manager for France, Benelux & MENA at StickyADS.tv. He successfully drove the expansion of the StickyADS.tv SSP, acquired by FreeWheel in May 2016.
Matt heads up Google’s business and operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa – helping consumers and businesses make the most of the digital opportunity. Joining Google in 2007 to help build its business in the UK, he became MD of Google UK two years later. In 2011, he was promoted to VP of Northern and Central Europe, before taking over as President of Business and Operations in EMEA in 2014. Matt is a non-executive director of Sainsbury’s, and a Trustee of charity The Media Trust. Matt has had a long career in media and marketing, joining Google from the newspaper industry, where he led commercial and digital operations at the biggest UK publisher. He previously worked at management consultancy McKinsey. He has an MBA from London Business School, an MA from Cambridge and won silver medals for Cambridge in several Boat Races. He was also a member of the British rowing team and has won medals in eights and fours at the World Rowing Championships and represented Great Britain at the Olympics. In 2014, he was appointed a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and he still rows regularly, though more slowly. Matt lives in London, near the Thames, with his wife, teenage sons and small dog.
Suzanne has over 25 years of experience in the media/marketing sector. She is a former director of Independent Radio Sales, a founder of the Radio Awards, and is a former chairperson of the Outdoor Media Association. As a lecturer in DIT’s marketing department Suzanne developed digital marketing course content. Her background in radio and outdoor advertising coupled with her legal and digital advertising expertise ensures that she is equipped to play a leading role in the development of Ireland’s online advertising industry as CEO for IAB Ireland, the international trade organisation for digital advertising. Membership of IAB Ireland includes all the key stakeholders in the Irish digital advertising market from multinationals such as Google, Facebook and LinkedIn to all the key Irish digital media owners, advertising agencies, digital specialists and brands. Under Suzanne’s leadership IAB Ireland’s outputs across best practice, research, training and policy have driven growth of the Irish digital market since 2010 to a record high of €445m in 2016. Suzanne has been a director of IAB Europe since 2015 and represents IAB Europe on Pan European initiatives such as the Viewable Impression Framework and the global Coalition for Better Advertising. She is also a board member of the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI).
Metin is the Head of Digital Strategy and Marketing of Arcelik, Europe’s second-largest white goods manufacturer with over 50% market share. He is responsible for all the digital marketing activity of Beko, Arcelik, Grundig and Altus . Metin is also a member of Arcelik’s Omni-Channel Transformation Forum. The forum implements best-in-class infrastructures and platforms which allow Arcelik to use data in all consumer touch points, from marketing to dealers and customer service. With over 3,000 selling points in Turkey alone, this process signals a new era for the company’s digital marketing capabilities. Prior to joining Arcelik, Metin served as VP Digital at LH TBWA and VP Digital at Leo Burnett Israel. Metin frequently lectures on marketing in the mobile era.
Senior Manager, Privacy & Public Policy, IAB Europe
To help Brands & Publishers deliver more value from data & analytics, Gwendal co-founded Axionable in 2016. Over the last years, Gwendal successfully led several data monetization programs, in a pragmatic manner, from data strategy to the building, operation and protection of their data assets and technology. He formerly led the data & analytics practice of Accenture for the Media industry across Europe.
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