James Hewes
President & CEO

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. 

James Hewes has was appointed as the new FIPP president and CEO in September 2017.

John Cabell
Founder & CEO
Cue Ball

Mr. Cabell is the Founder and CEO of Denver-based Cue Ball, LLC (www.cueballdigital.com), advisors and brokers to the global publishing, media, marketing and entertainment industries. Cue Ball’s core practice is the brokerage and development of cross-border media through licenses, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic partnerships. The group has worked with 133 clients in 24 countries and brokered more than 500 deals since its inception in 1997. Current and past clients include: large diversified enterprises such as Bloomberg, BBC Worldwide, Meredith, Bonnier, Pearson, Ringier, Hachette Filipacchi, Conde Nast, Al Jazeera, Playboy, Abril, and Burda; specialist media groups such as Active Interest Media, Hanley Wood, The Atlantic, Time Out, Wenner Media, Harvard, MIT, Outside, The Economist, Smithsonian, and Future; and, digital native brands such as BusinessInsider, Allrecipes, and TheDailyBeast. Mr. Cabell also serves as Senior Advisor to Oaklins DeSilva Phillips, a global investment bank with offices in 40 countries around the world. More recently, he has worked on angel and venture capital fund-raising with early- and growth-stage companies across a variety of industries. Mr. Cabell and his business partner, Mike Greehan, are co-authors of the International Magazine Media Handbook, published by FIPP.

Prior to founding Cue Ball, Mr. Cabell was the Publishing Director of Women’s Sports at Sports & Fitness Publishing. From 1991 – 1995, he was the Director of International Development for Rodale Inc., the world’s leading publisher of health and fitness media. Mr. Cabell began his media career in 1977 as an account executive for MCA-owned New Times Magazine. From then until 1991, he served in various sales, marketing and management positions for Ziff Davis, CBS and Rodale. He was a nationally-ranked distance runner during his scholastic, collegiate and post-collegiate years from 1972 – 1982, and is a 1977 graduate of Princeton University (B. A., Economics).

Tim Hudson
Director of International Licensing & Syndication
Immediate Media Co

Tim is Director of International Licensing & Syndication for Immediate Media Co, the UK’s leading special interest content and platform company. Immediate is one of the UK’s  largest consumer publisher as well as one of the biggest licensors of magazine media content in Europe.

Hudson is responsible for devising and implementing Immediate’ s international strategy and oversees more than 90 print & digital licensing deals in over 40 territories. Their market leading brands have significant international reach including Top Gear BBC Good Food, BBC Focus, Olive, Mollie Makes and Cycling Plus amongst others.

Prior to Immediate Hudson was International Director at Future publishing as well as having held senior commercial positions at leading UK publishers including Redwood, UTV Media and Time Inc.

Lucy Küng
Google News Initiative Senior Research Fellow
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University

Lucy Küng is Google Digital News Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute, the University of Oxford. She is an advisor, professor and writer on strategy, innovation and leadership with particular emphasis on mastering technological disruption.  In addition to her role at the Reuters Institute, she is Non-Executive Board Member of SRG SSR (the Swiss public service broadcasting company), Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the NZZ Media Group, and Visiting Professor of Media Innovation at the University of Oslo. She holds a PhD and Habilitation from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, and an MBA from City University London/Ashridge.  A frequent keynoter, she is also author of numerous books, including Innovators in Digital News (2015), Strategic Management in the Media: From Theory to Practice (winner of the AEMJM Media Management Book Award) (second edition due in 2016), Inside the BBC and CNN – Managing Media Organizations, and When Innovation Fails to Disrupt, the Case of BBC News Online.

Julie Lee
Chief Innovation Officer
Edipresse Media Asia

Julie Lee has more than fifteen years of experience in digital businesses and business transformation.

Lee, a US citizen of Korean descent was educated at the University of California where she graduated with an MA in Economics and then began her working life at Ernst & Young. As the Head of Sales and Licensing for the Universal Music Group, she set up innovative digital music services and developed and negotiated creative deals with artists including Kanye West, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. As the Executive Director for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Julie launched and developed Sony Pictures Mobile, and she was also responsible for the sale of the interactive TV service, GoPlayTV, to YooMedia.

Julie was one of the founding members of the premium music platform, VEVO, where she structured and negotiated more than 50 licensing agreements to create a content library of over 45,000 videos from 10,000 artists. She was named as one of SocalTECH’s Top 50 (2015), BizWomen’s Women of Influence (2015) and Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2010). Lee also founded edtwist in 2013, a collaborative knowledge network that allows users to collaborate their online research with a community of libraries, schools and NGO’s. The startup has since raised seed funding from angel investors including Rovi CFO Peter Halt and Snapchat Head of West Coast Sales Luke Kallis.

Julie is married and has a son. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking. (Tech-free!).

Greg Piechota
Senior Research Fellow
University of Oxford

As a researcher at University of Oxford (UK) and Harvard Business School (USA), Grzegorz Piechota studies technology-enabled disruption patterns across industries, including news media. His research work at the HBS focuses on digital business model innovations. His project at Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism examines the impact of digital platforms on paid content models of news organisations. Piechota is an editor and news media executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He began his career at Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza in 1996 as a reporter in one of the smallest local offices rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation. His recently published research reports include "Evaluating Distributed Content in the News Media Ecosystem” (INMA, April 2016), "The Facebook-Media Relationship Status: It's Complicated" (INMA, October 2016), and “Reality check: making money with Facebook. The digital business strategy of news publishers” (WAN-IFRA, September 2017). Piechota graduated in law and lives in England.

John Wilpers
Senior Director/U.S.
Innovation International Media Consulting Group

John is author/editor of FIPP’s annual Innovation in Magazine Media World Report and co-presenter of the FIPP Innovation Forum, an extension of the Innovation brand. John consults with media companies around the world focusing on multi-platform innovation, organisational transformation and integration, and customer-driven editorial management to deliver content 24/7 across all platforms. Recently he’s worked with a Czech magazine media/newspaper company, a US B2B magazine media group, a large Italian newspaper, and a Mexican magazine media publisher. John’s media resume includes magazine media, international media groups, AOL, metro dailies, free dailies and major media websites. John speaks at conferences worldwide, including in 2014 Beijing, London, Mexico City, Helsinki, Taipei, Toronto, Xian, Brussels, Sao Paulo, and Berlin. Outside of media, John created a self-esteem-building soccer/football programme for girls ages 2-10, graduating 4,200 girls since 1996 (hotshotsoccer.org). He is also a long-board surfer, gardener, and “Mother Ginger” in a Boston production of the “Nutcracker” for the last 20 years.

Pete Wootton
MD of Digital
Dennis Publishing

Pete Wootton has been the MD of Digital at Dennis Publishing for the last 10 years. He has overall responsibility for a portfolio of websites, apps and oversees two ecommerce businesses. Pete has been involved in digital media since 1999 and sits on the board of Dennis Publishing and the Association of Online Publishers.