Vivendi CEO, Arnaud de Puyfontaine, amongst first group of speakers to be announced for Congress

Arnaud de Puyfontaine, Vivendi CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, has been announced amongst the first round of speakers set to take to the stage at this year’s FIPP World Media Congress. French-based media giant Vivendi appointed De Puyfontaine as Chairman of the Management Board and CEO in June 2014, prior to which he held positions at Hearst Magazines International, Editions Mondadori France and EMAP. 

His keynote at Congress will focus on the broader industry, including macro trends currently impacting – or set to impact – media. It will challenge attendees to think about the future of their organisations and brands, and encourage them to consider their relationships with audiences.

The 44th FIPP World Media Congress will take place from 7-9 June in Lisbon-Cascais, Portugal, and is the first time the flagship convening has taken place live and in-person since Las Vegas in 2019! ?

First speakers announced 

In total, around 50 speakers from around the world will be present at Congress, and in addition to de Puyfontaine, the association has today announced the first list of names to join the programme: 

  • Alysia Borsa, Chief Business Officer of Lifestyle, Dotdash Meredith, US
  • Arnaud De Puyfontaine, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, Vivendi, France
  • Catarina Carvalho, Co-founder, Mensagem, and Visiting Researcher, Reuters Institute for Journalism, Oxford University, Portugal
  • Douglas McCabe, CEO, Enders Analysis, UK
  • Elizabeth Deeming, SVP of Product, Future plc, UK
  • Iñes Bravo, Experience Designer and Digital Transformation Consultant, Innovation Media Consulting, Portugal
  • Jacque Loch, EVP Customer Innovation, SJM Content, Canada
  • James Hewes, President and CEO, FIPP, UK
  • Juan Señor, President, Innovation Media Consulting, UK
  • Katie Vanneck-Smith, Co-founder, Tortoise Media, and former President, Dow Jones, UK
  • Lucy Küng, Strategic Advisor, Board Member, Author and Speaker, Switzerland
  • Martha Williams, CEO, World Newsmedia Network, US
  • Miranda Holt, External Partners Lead, Project 5050, UK
  • Ralph Büchi, Axel Springer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
  • Yulia Boyle, SVP International Media, National Geographic – a Disney company, and FIPP Chair, US


Of course, Congress has never solely been about its on-stage programme, and as we move out of lockdown and back into the world of real-life events, that is particularly true in 2022.

  • There will be ample time for networking, meetings, and catching up with colleagues old and new.
  • We will have networking drinks on the evenings of 7 and 8 June. 
  • There will be a Congress walking and running club on the mornings of 8 and 9 June.  
  • This year will see extended breakfasts, coffee, lunch and networking breaks. 
  • And for those who just want to get away from things for a while, you can here read more about what the beautiful coastal town of Cascais, and the nearby city of Lisbon has to offer!

Further information 

The 44th annual FIPP World Congress will be organized and hosted by Di5rupt, a brand new company brought to you by co-Founders, Cobus Heyl and John Schlaefli! To register your interest in the event and find out more, click here.


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