A veteran journalist and recognized senior executive, Maribel has held a variety of key leadership positions with Gannett over the past 25 years, including President of USA TODAY NETWORK, publisher of USA Today, Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Strategy Officer.
Publisher, Newsday Media Group, LLC
Ms. Debby Krenek serves as Publisher at Newsday Media Group. Krenek joined Newsday in 2001 as associate editor for special projects, including the creation of a Newsday website for New York City. She was promoted to managing editor three years later and was named editor-in-chief and executive vice president of digital media in 2009. She had been serving as Co-Publisher since June 2016.
Earlier in her career, Krenek served as managing editor for features and editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News. She directed the News’ coverage of the Abner Louima police brutality case, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. She also worked at the Dallas Times Herald and Corpus Christi Caller-Times, both in her native Texas.
SVP, Chief of Staff to the CEO, The New York Times
New York, NY
Rebecca Grossman-Cohen is the Chief of Staff to Meredith Kopit Levien, CEO of The New York Times. She has been at The Times since 2014 as a leader in the marketing department, helping to build and accelerate the success of the digital subscription business. As Chief of Staff she runs the office of the CEO, and leads relationships and strategic work with big platform partners including Google, Facebook, Apple.
Executive Vice President, General Manager of Magazine Operations, Dotdash Meredith
Des Moines, Ia.
Mike Riggs is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Magazine Operations. He oversees all aspects of print operations for the company’s magazine portfolio, including circulation, production, finance, consumer distribution, and premium publishing. Mike joined Meredith in 2007 as Senior Vice President of Finance, overseeing the financial operations for all of Meredith’s magazine brands, books and integrated marketing operations.
Mike earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from North Dakota State University.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Lee Enterprises
Kevin Mowbray was elected president and chief executive officer in 2016, having served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2013. He previously was publisher of Lee’s largest newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, since 2006.
Kevin is active in many civic and industry organizations. His charitable and civic involvement includes serving on the board of directors of Ladue Education Foundation, The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, Regional Business Council, St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis Sports Commission, St. Louis Variety, and Old Newsboys Day Children’s Charity. He is a journalism graduate of Western Illinois University. Kevin and his wife, Linda, have four children.
President & CEO, Adams Publishing Group
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., Mark Adams attended the London School of Economics and graduated from Tufts University. He also has an MBA and an MS in communications from Boston University. Following a 20-year stint in a Boston-based private equity firm specializing in media, Adams became a consultant for various publishing businesses regarding sales and marketing management, circulation strategies, finance and restructuring, and content and digital development. In late 2013, with backing from his family, Adams launched APG.
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Postmedia Network Canada Corp.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ms. Akai joined Postmedia’s predecessor company in 2006 and added corporate secretarial duties to her legal affairs responsibilities in 2010. She was appointed Postmedia’s Chief Administrative Officer in February 2018, adding to her existing role as General Counsel which she has held since November 2016. Ms. Akai is responsible for Postmedia’s legal and regulatory affairs, corporate governance, human resources and risk management.
President and Chief Operating Officer, California Times
Los Angeles, CA
Chris Argentieri is President of California Times, which includes the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune. He was appointed President of California Times in November 2019. He retains the title of COO. Argentieri joined the Los Angeles Times in late 2014 as general manager and has served as Chief Operating Officer since June 2018.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Trib Total Media
Jennifer Bertetto is a 26-year veteran of the newspaper industry. In 1992, her career began in the Sports Department of the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, PA. Jennifer’s first job in the business was taking baseball scores for the local baseball and soccer leagues at the age of sixteen.
In 1997, Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
In 2003, Jennifer joined the Corporate Sales Force as a Major and National Sales Executive where she was the top sales person for two years, growing her annual revenue 25% and 7%, respectively. Jennifer was named both the Director’s Award winner and President’s Award winner in 2003 (for highest sales revenue and highest lineage company-wide).
In 2005, Jennifer was asked to return to management as the Ad Director for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. During this time, the advertising department moved to a Universal Rate Card and Dollar Volume Contracting model under Jennifer’s guidance while consolidating 9 different sales departments into one department – creating the company now known as “Trib Total Media”. During her tenure in this role, Jennifer also converted the outside sales force to a straight commission program and effectively reduced the sales force from 152 outside reps to 43 outside reps.
In 2010, Jennifer became Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Trib Total Media – overseeing all aspects of the business division including production, circulation, marketing, advertising, new product development and lean efficiency. Some highlights during her tenure have included becoming the largest regional newspaper 6 days per week (ousting the Post Gazette from this long held position); overseeing the installation of Miles 33 for the advertising and accounting departments, a DTI installation for the newsroom; launching an on-line only sports talk radio station, and the installation of a new community press at Trib Total Media’s Regional Packaging Facility, and bringing distribution back in-house.
Jennifer was promoted in 2015 to her current role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Trib Total Media. She has overseen two phases of transformation within Trib Total Media during this time. In 2015, the company sold off several of their daily newspapers and reduced their home delivery footprint in Allegheny and Westmoreland County in an effort to streamline expenses and migrate to new content delivery options. In 2016, the company made the move to all digital for its Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh edition.
Jennifer also serves as the President of 535media, an affiliate of Trib Total Media which focuses on digital products, services and innovation as well as owning its own website, www.upgruv.com. She is also the Vice-President of InvenGlobal, an e-gaming and video game based website (www.invenglobal.com) in which 535media is an investor.
Trib Total Media employs over 450 individuals in Western Pennsylvania and has 2 daily newspapers, over 40 weekly publications, several websites such as www.triblive.com, www.pghtrib.com, www.pittsburghautosuperstore.com and www.pittsburghpennysaver.com, a promotional products division, and web based radio station, www.tribliveradio.com. The Trib’s print products reach over a half a million homes each week and its online presence reaches 2.5 million unique users each month.
Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania News Media Association and for the News Media Alliance. She also serves as the Secretary on the Board of Trustees for the National Aviary and as the Vice-President of The National Flag Foundation. Jennifer is presently seated on the University of Pittsburgh Board of Visitors for the Kenneth P. Dietrich College of Arts and Sciences.
Jennifer resides in Lower Burrell with her husband of 19 years, Keith.
SVP, Head of Government Relations & Policy, Match Group & IAC
New York, NY
Mark Buse is Senior Vice President and Head of Global Government Relations & Policy for both Match Group and IAC, where he oversees government relations and policy issues across both company’s portfolio of brands. Prior to being at IAC and Match, Mark served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator John McCain, notably serving in this role when the Senator was the Republican Nominee to be President of the United States.
President, Hearst Magazines
New York, NY
Debi Chirichella is senior vice president of Hearst and president of Hearst Magazines, one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines, with more than 25 brands in the U.S. and nearly 250 international magazine editions, after serving as executive vice president, chief financial officer and director of global operations for Hearst Magazines. Chirichella is a member of the Hearst board of directors.
Earlier in her career, Chirichella held several high-level planning, finance and operations roles at Primedia, and most recently, she served as CFO/COO at Prometheus Global Media.
Chirichella is a graduate of Princeton University and received her master’s degree in business from Harvard University. She currently resides in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, with her husband and three children.
Chief Operating Officer, McClatchy Company
Jeffrey K. Dorsey is Chief Operating Officer for McClatchy Company, a Sacramento CA, based publishing company operating several newspapers and digital based assets. Mr. Dorsey started his employment with McClatchy in September 2020 serving as SVP of Transformation. Prior to starting with McClatchy, Mr. Dorsey was President of Dass Inc, a management/technology consulting and solutions delivery firm.
Vice President, Distribution & Customer Care, The Washington Post Company
Gregg Fernandes is the Vice President for Distribution & Customer Care for The Washington Post Company. He has more than 29 years of experience in the newspaper industry and has worked in all capacities of Circulation and Marketing.
Gregg is responsible for all aspects of The Washington Post’s relationship with its customers, including consumer marketing, delivery operations and customer service.
Gregg and his wife, Roslyn have two children: Caitlyn and Michael.
Chief Legal Officer, Vox Media, LLC.
Lauren has been with Vox Media for 12 years. She and her Legal & Business Affairs Team have advised the company through tremendous growth as it has expanded to a dozen distinct media brands across all digital platforms (including the New York Media properties which became part of Vox Media late last year), launched groundbreaking new digital advertising products, entered the complex world of television and entertainment programming, ramped up two SaaS platform businesses, and added New York Media's consumer revenue businesses - including New York Magazine - to its portfolio.
CEO, Tampa Bay Times – Times Publishing Co.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Conan Gallaty is CEO of Tampa Bay Times - Times Publishing Co. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the business operations of the company, including advertising, circulation and operations.
Prior to his current role, Conan was Chief Digital Officer for the Tampa Bay Times and Executive Vice President of Times Publishing Company. He oversaw all digital strategy, development and IT infrastructure. Prior to Times Publishing Company, he was President of Digital for WEHCO Media, Inc., directing all internet operations, editorial and sales for WEHCO’s 14 daily newspapers, 11 digital agencies and cable systems across six states.
Chief Operating Officer, Digital First Media
Guy Gilmore was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Digital First Media in October 2017. Prior to that, Gilmore, who came to the Pioneer Press in 2005, was publisher since 2007, and was also responsible for DFM’s newspapers in the eastern half of the U.S.
Before joining the Pioneer Press, he held management positions with Tribune Co. and Gannett after working his way up in the newspaper industry.
Publisher and CEO, The Philadelphia Inquirer
As Publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Hughes brings to the role an impressive track record, having successfully transitioned an iconic print brand into a multi-platform, profitable business. Hughes is the first woman Publisher and Chief Executive Officer in The Inquirer’s 190-year history.
Hughes is known as a skilled business executive who values and respects journalism.
Chairman & CEO, McClatchy
Tony Hunter is Chairman and CEO of McClatchy. He is an accomplished operating executive with extensive experience successfully leading large scale media organizations. He joined the Tribune Company in 1994, rising the ranks to Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Publishing and Publisher of the Chicago Tribune, a role he held from 2008 to 2016.
Senior Vice President, Hearst - President, Hearst Newspapers
New York, NY
Jeffrey M. Johnson is a senior vice president of Hearst and the president and group head of Hearst Newspapers. Johnson previously served as the publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle. He came to the Chronicle in 2013 after a 25-year career in publishing, including serving as president, publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, and six years of work in private equity at the Yucaipa Companies. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and undergraduate accounting degree from the University of Illinois.
Journalist, Co-Founder, URL Media
New York, NY
S. Mitra Kalita is a veteran journalist, media executive, prolific commentator and author of two books. Once described as “wonderfully blunt” by CNN anchor Brian Stelter, she is a change agent, loves writing headlines and framing stories, and blends digital strategy and audience-centric approaches while advocating for diversity and better management of our newsrooms. Recently, she launched Epicenter-NYC, a newsletter to help New Yorkers get through the pandemic. Mitra has also recently co-founded a new media company called URL Media, a network of Black and Brown owned media organizations that share content, distribution and revenues to increase their long-term sustainability.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Trusted Media Brands
White Plains, NY
Bonnie Kintzer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of TMB (Trusted Media Brands), the world’s leading community-driven entertainment company powered by content that’s inspired and created by its fans. Authentic to the core, TMB shines the spotlight on amazing people and moments to fuel the passions and pastimes of more than 200 million consumers worldwide.
TMB’s properties include FailArmy, The Pet Collective, Taste of Home, Family Handyman, Reader’s Digest, People are Awesome, Birds & Blooms and WeatherSpy. The company reaches more than 250 million social media users and delivers more than two billion minutes of monthly video viewership across streaming TV and social media.
Kintzer, who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Clark University, is Chairperson of the Reader’s Digest Foundation. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Thryv (Nasdaq: THRY) and SilverSpac (Nasdaq:SLVRU).
Publisher and CEO, Star Tribune
Michael J. Klingensmith is publisher and CEO of Star Tribune Media Company LLC with overall responsibility for all news and business operations of the company. Klingensmith, a native of the Twin Cities, joined the Star Tribune in January 2010 after spending most of his more than 30-year career in publishing with Time Inc. in New York City. Klingensmith is also Chairman of the Board of the News Media Alliance.
Within Time, Inc., Klingensmith held various management positions, including general manager of Time Magazine and CFO of Time Inc.
In 1998, he was named president of Sports Illustrated, where he helped establish the highly profitable SI.com online business. In 2001, he became executive vice president at Time Inc. He left the company in 2008 and was a managing director of AdMedia Partners, a New York mergers and acquisition advisory firm, prior to joining the Star Tribune.
Executive Vice President, New Media & General Counsel, Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
Dan Krockmalnic is the Executive Vice President, New Media & General Counsel of Boston Globe Media Partners, the publisher of The Boston Globe and STAT, the world's leading source for health, medicine, and life sciences news. As the Globe's General Counsel since 2017, Dan oversees all legal affairs, including newsroom, labor, intellectual property, privacy, and litigation matters. He also leads the company's work on legislative and advocacy issues affecting the news publishing business.
Chief Executive Officer, Condé Nast
New York, NY
Roger Lynch is the CEO of Condé Nast, a global media company producing the highest quality content with a footprint of more than 1 billion consumers in 32 markets worldwide on all platforms available today, including print, digital, video and social. The company’s portfolio includes many of the world’s most respected and influential brands including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Self, GQ, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure, AD, Bon Appétit, and Wired, among others.
Prior to joining Condé Nast, Lynch served as President and CEO of Pandora, the U.S.’s largest streaming music service. While at Pandora, Lynch quickly refocused the business on key growth, transformation and investment initiatives to accelerate revenue and generate positive returns. Under his leadership in 2018, Pandora doubled its prior year’s revenue growth rate and grew subscription revenue nearly 50%. As a result, Pandora’s share price grew 68% in 2018, higher than all but two companies in the S&P 500.
Previously, as the founding CEO of Sling TV, Lynch led the creation, launch and scaling of Sling TV, the No. 1 U.S. over-the-top television service that delivers the best of live sports, news and entertainment to broadband-connected devices. Sling TV earned numerous awards for its launch at the 2015 International CES, including the show’s top honors, “Best of CES 2015, Overall Winner.”
Prior to joining DISH, Lynch served as Chairman and CEO of Video Networks International, Ltd., an IPTV technology company in the United Kingdom. While at Video Networks he won an Emmy for Scamp, an on-demand children’s channel, and a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and The Arts) for V:MX, a collection of on-demand music video channels. He also previously served as President and CEO of Chello Broadband N.V., a broadband Internet service provider with operations in ten European countries. Previously, Lynch was a technology investment banker with Morgan Stanley in New York, Silicon Valley and London. He began his career as a member of the physics technical staff at the Hughes Aircraft Company.
Lynch currently serves on the Board of Directors of Condé Nast, Mattel, Inc., and the Partnership for New York City. He is also a member of the Champions of Change Coalition, the Board of Overseers of the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and the Board of Councilors of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. He received his Master of Business Administration with the highest distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Southern California.
President & CEO, Forum Communications Company
Bill is CEO of Forum Communications Company, a family-owned media company based in Fargo, ND, which operates more than 75 daily, monthly and weekly print titles with 48 web sites, four ABC television stations, AM radio and a commercial printing division. Twenty years ago, Inforum.com was one of the first fully integrated television, newspaper and radio web sites in the country.
EVP, A. H. Belo Corp.; CEO, DallasNews Corp.; President & Publisher, The Dallas Morning News
Grant is currently the Executive Vice President of A. H. Belo Corporation, CEO of DallasNews Corporation, and President and Publisher of The Dallas Morning News. In his role, Grant is responsible for all core functions instrumental in delivering one of the nation’s best daily local news media reports combined with excellent customer service.
Before his return to The Dallas Morning News in 2008, Grant was the Vice President of Direct Channel Sales for Tribune Media Net. In his role at The Tribune, Grant oversaw all advertising that came through traditional media buying channels which included direct business or advertising bought through full service advertising agencies.
In addition to Grant’s direct responsibilities, he also sits on the boards of: Neeley School of Business Advisory Board at TCU, and Providence Christian School of Texas and is a member of The Dallas Citizens Council.
Grant is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He also has an MBA from Texas Christian University.
Grant is married to his wife, Katie, and they have two daughters, Macy and Lyle and a son, Reid.
Executive Vice President, Newspapers, Advance Publications Inc.
New York, NY
Mark Newhouse is executive vice president of newspapers for Advance Publications in New York City. Previously he has worked in various capacities at Advance newspapers in Queens and Staten Island in New York, and in Portland, Ore., Harrisburg, Pa. and Newark, N.J. Mark served on the board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations from 1995 to 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.
Publisher, Deseret News
Salt Lake City, Utah
Burke Olsen is Publisher of Deseret News. Prior to becoming publisher, Olsen had been a vice president and the head digital officer at the Deseret News since December 2016. Previously, he was general manager of Deseret News digital products and digital content director. He and his teams focus on platform growth, user experience and content strategy. His prior work spans organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, including the Pew Research Center, the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, a liberal arts college and two PR firms.
President & Chief Media Officer,
New York, NY
Doug Olson currently serves as President & Chief Media Officer of A360 Media, the media division of Accelerate360.
Prior to joining A360 Media, Doug was President of the Magazine Division at Meredith Corporation, the leading multi-platform media company, reaching more than 190 million American consumers every month, including nearly 95% of all U.S. women. In that role, he oversaw all brands and magazine operations, spanning content generation, sales, marketing, newsstand, production, sourcing, and Meredith Premium Publishing across the company’s trusted portfolio that includes PEOPLE, the most profitable magazine brand in the industry.
Doug currently serves on the boards of News/Media Alliance (NMA) and Alliance for Audited Media (AAM). He is also an honorary trustee for the Des Moines Performing Arts. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
EVP & Global Head of Government Affairs,
Todd Thorpe is the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs for News Corp. Mr. Thorpe is responsible for leading the Company’s government relations and advocacy efforts in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
Mr. Thorpe joined News Corp in 2014 as Senior Vice President for Global Government Affairs where he focused on U.S. federal and international government affairs. In this role he worked closely with the News Corp legal team and the company’s business units in the United Kingdom and in Europe on intellectual property and competition cases.
Mr. Thorpe also served on Capitol Hill. During his decade of experience he worked for three Members of the House of Representatives and worked on congressional campaigns culminating as Chief of Staff to a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee.
Thorpe has a B.A. from Utah State University, a graduate degree from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and a J.D. from George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law.
He lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.
Senior Vice President Public Affairs, Axel Springer SE
Dr. Dietrich von Klaeden is a leading policy strategist, media expert and journalist. At Axel Springer, he is responsible for the group-wide public affairs activities in Germany and internationally. While pursuing his legal studies, his doctorate and his legal training, Dr. von Klaeden worked initially as a reporter, correspondent and moderator for broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk.
Director, Gannett Co., Inc.
Barbara was named Chief Legal Officer in 2015 and also served as interim chief operating officer in 2019. She had served as the company’s Vice President & Senior Associate General Counsel since 2009 and joined the legal staff of Gannett in 1985. Barbara has represented Gannett’s interests on a variety of issues.
President, Vox Media
New York, NY
Pam Wasserstein is the president of Vox Media, the leader in modern media, where she oversees all editorial brands and content creation, including the company’s studios and podcasting business and dynamic multi-platform brands such as Vox, New York Magazine, The Dodo, The Verge, NowThis, Eater, The Cut and Vulture. Prior to its 2019 merger with Vox Media, she had been the CEO of New York Media (since May 2016), leading the New York Magazine brands and building out the company’s e-commerce business with the launch of The Strategist and consumer revenue business with the launch of a digital paywall.
Wasserstein received a 2018 Spirit of ABNY Award recognizing distinguished service to New York City, and was named to Crain’s New York’s 40 Under 40 class of 2017. She has spoken at SXSW, Advertising Week and Code Media, among other venues.
Prior to joining New York Media, Wasserstein worked at Tribeca Enterprises, most recently as vice president, corporate development. Before that she worked at Apollo Global Management, the private equity firm, where she evaluated potential investments and managed existing portfolio companies, and as a corporate lawyer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP. She is a board member at the Charles H. Revson Foundation, and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.