Meet the FIPP World Congress editors panel participants

Against this background, Barry McIlheney will lead a panel discussion at the FIPP World Congress looking at changing role of editors and the changes impacting their editorial teams.

The FIPP World Congress takes place from 13-15 October 2015, and the cross border panel is on 14 October, at 13:45 (see the programme, subject to minor changes, here). See the list of companies that have already registered delegates for the Congress here, and if you haven’t registered yet, you can do so here.

Ariel Foxman (InStyle and StyleWatch), Brenda Diaz de la Vega (Harper’s BAZAAR), Jane Johnson (Bauer Media) and Oliver Royant (Paris Match) will join Barry on stage.

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Ariel Foxman, editorial director, InStyle and StyleWatch, USA

Ariel is editorial director of leading fashion media brands InStyle and StyleWatch. Named to the post in 2015, he is responsible for editorial content and strategy across all platforms in addition to overseeing new revenue streams. He continues to serve as editor-in-chief of InStyle, a role he assumed in 2008, at age 34, becoming the first man to helm the title.

The foremost fashion and beauty media brand, InStyle has the largest audience of affluent women across the entire category and a multiplatform reach of 23 million. Foxman oversees the core magazine, 16 international editions, special issues, and all digital properties. In addition, he leads development for brand extensions including apparel, footwear, and accessories collections, hair salons, digital mobile applications, and books.

Under Foxman, InStyle has earned numerous awards. In 2015, Daily Front Row named InStyle Fashion Media Brand of the Year, and in both 2013 and 2012, Advertising Age placed InStyle on its A-List as one of the top five media brands of the year. In 2010, InStyle received Time Inc.’s Luce Award for Magazine of the Year, a first for the publication.

StyleWatch, the leading fashion media brand for millennials, is recognized as one of the most successful launches of the past decade. Among its accolades, the brand was twice included on Adweek’s Hot List and honoured as Magazine of the Year by Advertising Age.

Foxman began his career at Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, and then worked as an assistant at Details and The New Yorker. Subsequently, he spent four years at InStyle, where he held various editorial positions covering celebrities, films, and trends. In 2003, at age 29, he left InStyle to become the founding editor of Cargo, Condé Nast’s men’s shopping magazine. He rejoined Time Inc. in 2006.

Foxman has written about culture and travel for such publications as Fortune, New York, and The New York Times. He has spoken at the Columbia Journalism School as part of the Delacorte Lectures on magazine journalism and at Parsons The New School for Design. He is also a frequent lecturer at New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute and School of Professional Studies.

Foxman graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in English and American literature and the comparative study of religion. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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Brenda Díaz de la Vega, editor-in-chief, Harper’s BAZAAR, Mexico and Latin America

Brenda is editor-in-chief of Harper´s BAZAAR Mexico & Latin America. Since appointed to the role in February 2013, she has launched two further brand extensions, Harper´s Bazaar ART and Harper´s Bazaar BRIDE, both bi-annual products, as well as the magazine’s website,, and the brand’s social media profiles across all relevant channels.

Previously, from 2008, Brenda was director of public relations of CHANEL in Mexico, implementing PR and communications strategies for the brand’s three divisions: fragrance & beauty, fashion, and watches & fine jewellery. Before that, she was regional marketing manager at Cricket Communications in San Diego, California, developing strategies for the growing Hispanic market in the USA, and overseeing local PR and advertising agencies. 

Brenda started her career as account executive at Vitro Agency, a boutique advertising agency in California that handles consumer-goods brands such as Asics, Baskin Robbins and Yamaha Watercraft.

She is a seasoned communications professional with more than twelve years of experience. She speaks four languages, and obtained her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a post-graduate degree in finance at ITESM Guadalajara. She completed her studies with exchange programmes at L´Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Bordeaux in France and Boston University, as well as undergraduate semester programmes at La Sorbonne in Paris, and Scuola Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy.

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Jane Johnson, executive content director, Bauer Media, UK

Jane is executive content director at Bauer Media where she works across 11 magazines and digital titles, from Grazia and Closer to Empire and The Debrief.

Jane has worked at a senior level across TV, digital, magazines and newspapers. During her 25 years in the media she has been an executive on six national newspapers – including Saturday editor of The Sun, executive editor of the Sunday Mirror and assistant editor of The Scotsman.

She launched Closer magazine, which won seven awards during her five years as editor to become Britain’s biggest selling women’s weekly magazine. She also created and launched award-winning Fabulous magazine which is published with The Sun every Sunday.

She was Director of Sky Living, a female-focused entertainment channel where she brought Elementary and Rihanna to the channel. Jane also oversaw the digital operation for all the Sky entertainment channels. 

In her role as executive content director at Bauer Media she leads editorial strategy and development across all platforms.

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Olivier Royant, editor-in-chief, Paris Match, France

Born in Paris in 1962, Olivier is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies and holds an MBA from New York’s Columbia University.  

He began his journalism career at the Paris-based radio station Radio Gilda in 1982 before becoming a staff reporter at Paris Match in 1985, and a senior writer in 1986.  

In 1987, he was named permanent correspondent to the United States where he spent 10 years in New York covering all aspects of American society. 

In 1998, he returned to Paris to become the magazine’s executive editor.  

He was co-producer of « Match Magazine », a monthly news magazine hosted by Alain Genestar, and was co-author of « September 11, 2001, the War, an investigation on the attack of humanity » (Filipacchi Books).  

Since his appointment as editor-in-chief in July 2006, Paris Match has twice received the prestigious French Magazine of the Year award, in 2008 and 2012.

The FIPP World Congress takes place from 13-15 October 2015 in Toronto, Canada. It includes the Worldwide Media Marketplace on 13 October and FIPP Mobile and FIPP Innovation on 14 and 15 October.

Near 80 speakers from around the world will be on stage at the Congress.

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