FIPP and UPM announce the 2017 Rising Stars winners

The FIPP and UPM’s Rising Stars 2017 winners are:

Ellie-Rose Burman ()

Ellie-Rose Burman, senior sales executive, The River Group

Joanna Abeyie ()

Joanna Abeyie, MD, Hyden Talent

Laura Rowe ()

Laura Rowe, editor, Olive, Immediate Media Co

Yanna Wilson-Fischer ()

Yanna Wilson-Fischer, director, The Economist

You can read their bios here.

In addition to the four overall Rising Stars winners, the judges recognised Bloomberg Media, Immediate Media Co and The River Group for the overall high standard of their entries.

Presenting the Awards, James Hewes, president and CEO of FIPP said, “2017 was undoubtedly the most competitive year ever for the FIPP Rising Star Awards. The judges were impressed with the incredibly high standard of the entries and there was plenty of vigorous debate when choosing the four winners. This year’s FIPP Rising Stars represent the cream of young talent in our industry and fully deserve their achievement as this year’s winners.

“For the first time this year, we have also decided to award three company prizes, to recognise the consistently high quality of entries from those organisations. Congratulations to Bloomberg, Immediate Media Co. and The River Group for their demonstrable commitment to supporting and developing new talent.”

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With entries from Argentina to the Czech Republic and UK, from Russia to Singapore, Hong Kong, China and the USA, the entries received for 2017 made for an extremely competitive field. Judges commended and thanked everyone who applied, expressing optimism for the industry based on the talent on display.

The 2017 judging panel was:

  • Yolanda Ausín, General Manager, Asociación de Revistas de Información (ARI), Spain
  • Ruud van den Berg, SVP Magazines, Merchants and Office, UPM Paper, Germany
  • Ralph Büchi, COO of the Ringier Group and CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Switzerland, Switzerland
  • James Hewes, CEO and President of FIPP
  • Chris Llewellyn, former CEO and President of FIPP
  • Barry McIlheney, CEO and President of PPA, UK

UPM is the partner of FIPP’s Rising Stars In Media for the third year running. Ruud van den Berg, UPM’s senior vice president magazines, merchants and office, who was one of the judges said: “Once again the FIPP & UPM Rising Stars Awards have identified the incredible standard of young talent in our industry and how much they have contributed to their media brands. It is a pleasure to recognise the excellence of these high achievers with this globally recognised accolade.”

More information from Claire Jones at FIPP ( 

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