President and CEO
James Hewes was appointed President and CEO of FIPP on 1 September 2017. He has been a director of the FIPP Management Board since October 2015 and has been involved with FIPP since 2004 when he was working in the international publishing industry for BBC Worldwide.
More recently he has been interim CEO for The Art Newspaper and lead consultant with his own business focused on project management for the media industry.
Beginning his career at Barclays Bank as a business consultant, James worked across BBC Worldwide and BBC Magazines from 2001 to 2012 building a track record of success in marketing, digital and print publishing, events and international business development. He was the launch publisher of olive magazine, and grew BBC Magazines’ licensing portfolio from eight to 55 editions including 20 editions of Top Gear Magazine.
James was also a key member of the team that sold BBC Magazines to private equity in November 2011 for £120m. He subsequently became publishing director for Top Gear, Good Food, Easy Cook and Lonely Planet Magazine, responsible for the brands across print and mobile applications as well as a director of the BBC Haymarket Exhibitions joint venture.
As publishing director of Dubai-based Gulf News Publishing until 2016, he had responsibility for more than 30 product areas including digital across mobile, websites and apps, live events, magazines, books, newspaper supplements, content marketing and contract publishing. He launched new brands across digital, live events and print including www.gntech.ae and Cititzen K Arabia and the launch of the group’s first consumer title in Arabic – wheels Arabic.Back
What our attendees say…
For me, it’s vital that I attend the FIPP World Media Congress. It’s the one place to learn about the international industry developments and to meet key contacts in person, so it’s the best use of my time and money.
Yolanda Ausin Castaneda, General Manager
Asociación de Revistas de Informacion (ARI), Spain
The FIPP World Media Congress is a place for us to do business and meet publishers from around the world, both existing partners that we have relationships with and new ones that can help us expand our brands globally.
Kevin LaBonge, Vice President, Global Licensing
Penske Media, USA
I’ve been to every FIPP World Media Congress since 2015. It’s a great opportunity to sit down with potential customers and show them what we do. It’s a great event.
Jonny Kaldor, Co-Founder & CEO
If I were a doctor, and you were my patient and a media company, my prescription would be ‘go to the FIPP World Media Congress’.
John Wilpers, Senior Director, US
Innovation Media Group, USA
It’s the place to feel the pulse of the industry, to see what’s changed and what the new trends are. As well as the big-name speaker presentations, the networking opportunities are invaluable for us.
Dragana Trivanovic, Client Relations & Event Manager
Content Insights, Serbia
The FIPP World Media Congress is one of the biggest, most established and most important events in the industry. It combines great networking with great presentations – real-world, practical insights that you can take back to the office and put into practice straight away.
Chris Kerwin, Managing Director, Food Group
Immediate Media Co., UK