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EXECUTIVE BOARD

The IPI Executive Board is elected by the General Assembly with regard to geographic, gender and media diversity. The Board oversees IPI’s finances and guides the Secretariat in implementing the organisation’s overall strategy in defence of media freedom. Members serve three-year terms, extendable for a second term. The Board elects a Chairperson for a two-year term, extendable for one additional year. IPI’s Constitution sets forth the Board’s responsibilities and election procedures in further detail.

Event Team Member

John Yearwood

Chair

President, Yearwood Media Group; Former World Editor, The Miami Herald, USA

An award-winning multimedia journalist, John Yearwood is President and CEO of Yearwood Media Group, a global consulting and conference moderating firm. He is the former World Editor of the Miami Herald and former host of the Herald’s World Desk, which focuses on global issues and newsmakers. Yearwood’s department won numerous awards during his leadership, including two McClatchy Company President’s Awards and the Arthur Ross Award for best coverage of Latin America. His coordination of the Herald’s Haiti earthquake coverage contributed to the newspaper’s being named a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. After 13 years at the Miami Herald, he left his post as World Editor in March 2016. Yearwood was head of IPI’s North America National Committee from 2013-15 and has been Chair of the IPI Executive Board since 2015.

Event Team Member

WOOSUK KENNETH CHOI

Vice Chair

Deputy Editor
Chosun Ilbo
South Korea
Event Team Member

KEN MACQUARRIE

Vice Chair

Director
Nations and Regions, BBC
UK
Event Team Member

MARKUS SPILLMANN

Vice Chair

Founder & CEO
SPILLMANN Media Strategy Management GmbH
Switzerland
Event Team Member

DAWN THOMAS

Vice Chair

Chief Executive Officer
One Caribbean Media Ltd.
Trinidad & Tobago

Board Members:

Owais Aslam Ali
Chairman
Pakistan Press International (PPI)
Pakistan
Mahfuz Anam
Editor & Publisher
The Daily Star
Bangladesh
Beata Balogová
Editor-in-Chief
SME
Slovakia
Ole Kristian Bjellaanes
Managing Editor
Norwegian News Agency
Norway
Monika Eigensperger
Director of Radio
Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF)
Austria
Sami El Haj
Head, Human Rights and Public Liberties Desk
Aljazeera Media Network
Qatar
Kim Fletcher
Editor
The British Journalism Review
UK
Kadri Gürsel
Columnist and Editorial Advisor
Cumhuriyet
Turkey
Daniel Hadad
CEO
Grupo Infobae
Argentina
Johannes Hano
Bureau Chief
ZDF German Television (New York/Canada)
Germany
Hiroshi Komatsu
Editor-in-Chief
The Mainichi Shimbun
Japan
Daoud Kuttab
Director General, Founder
Community Media Network, AmmanNet
Jordan
Riyad Mathew
Editor
Malayala Manorama & The Week
India
Joe Muganda
Group CEO
Nation Media Group
Kenya
Kaius Niemi
Senior Editor-in-Chief
Helsingin Sanomat, Sanoma Media
Finland
Virginia Pérez Alonso
Deputy Editor; Chair
Público.es; Platform for the Defence of Free Expression (PDLI)
Spain
Martha Steffens
Professor, SABEW Chair in Business and Financial Reporting
University of Missouri School of Journalism
USA
Kabiru Yusuf
Chairman
Media Trust Ltd
Nigeria

Past Board Chairs:

Galina Sidorova
Chairperson, Foundation for Investigative Journalism – Foundation 19/29
Russia
2012-2015
Carl-Eugen Eberle
Director of Legal Affairs, ZDF German Television
Germany
2010-2012
Janne Virkkunen
Senior Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat
Finland
2008-2010
Piotr Niemczycki
Publisher, Gazeta Wyborcza; Vice President of the Management Board, Agora SA
Poland
2006-2008
Wilfred D. Kiboro
Group Chief Executive, Nation Media Group Ltd.
Kenya
2004-2006
Jorge E. Fascetto
Chairman of the Board, Diario El Día
Argentina
2002-2004
Hugo Bütler
Editor-in-Chief, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Switzerland
2000-2002
Moegsien Williams
Executive Editor, Independent Newspapers Cape
South Africa
1998-2000
Eugene L. Roberts
Managing Editor, The New York Times
USA
1997-1998
Peter Preston
Editor-in-Chief, The Guardian
UK
1995-1997
David Laventhol
Editor-at-Large, Los Angeles Times
USA
1993-1995
Cushrow Irani
Editor-in-Chief, The Statesman
India
1991-1993
Per Erik Lönnfors
Editor, Finnish News Agency (STT/FNB)
Finland
1990-1991
Enrique Zileri
Publisher and Editor, Caretas
Peru
1988-1990
Juan Luis Cebrian
Editor-in-Chief, El País
Spain
1986-1988
Richard Leonard
Editor, The Milwaukee Journal
USA
1984-1986
Max L. Snijders
Editor, Utrechts Nieuwsblad
The Netherlands
1982-1984
Cushrow Irani
Editor-in-Chief, The Statesman
India
1980-1992
C. Ranald Macdonald
Editor, The Age
Australia
1978-1980
Olof Wahlgren
Editor, Sydvenska Dagbladet
Sweden
1976-1978
Paul Ringler
Editor, The Milwaukee Journal
USA
1974-1976
L.K. Jakande
Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Tribune
Nigeria
1972-1974
Sally Aw Sian
Sing Tao Jih Pao
Hong Kong
1970-1972
Hans A. Kluthe
Editor, Werra Rundschau
Germany
1968-1970
C.E.L. Wickremesinghe
The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon
Sri Lanka
1966-1968
Barry Bingham
Editor, Courier-Journal & Louisville Times
USA
1964-1966
Allan Hernelius
Editor, Svenska Dagbladet
Sweden
1962-1964
Donald Tyerman
Editor, The Economist
UK
1960-1962
Urs Schwarz
Editor, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Switzerland
1958-1960
Oskar Pollak
Editor, Arbeiter Zeitung
Austria
1956-1958
Eljas Erkko
Editor, Helsingin Sanomat
Finland
1954-1956
Lester Markel
Sunday Editor, The New York Times
USA
1951-1954