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First speakers at MEDIENTAGE 2019

First speakers of the MEDIENTAGE MÜNCHEN (23rd – 25th October) are confirmed, about 70 topics set, from streaming trends to podcasts, 5G, AI and marketing up to blockchain or the copyright reform. Highlights of international experts from politics and business await you at the Main Stage. We are pleased to announce the first speakers:


Mirijam Trunk, CEO Audio Alliance, Bertelsmann

Since May, the Audio Alliance has been centrally developing and producing all podcasts and audio-on-demand services of the Bertelsmann Content Alliance partners Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, RTL Radio Deutschland, UFA, Verlagsgruppe Random House, Gruner + Jahr and BMG. Mirijam Trunk, born in 1991, is the CEO.

Mirijam Trunk started her journalistic career at the local radio station of her hometown Bamberg and at the student radio station M94.5. After her master’s degree and training at the German School of Journalism in Munich, Mirijam Trunk worked at BR as a reporter and news anchor.

In 2017 Mirijam Trunk changed to Bertelsmann for the Creative Management Program. She then took over the commercial management of Stern Crime, Art, Nido and JWD at G+J and wrote for Stern. In January 2019, she also became a G+J management consultant.



Jesper Doub, Director News Partnerships EMEA Facebook

Jesper Doub looks back on a career in German publishing – most recently as Managing Director of Spiegel Online and Publishing Director at Spiegel Verlag.

In 2018 he accepted Facebook’s offer and moved to the social network as Director News Partnerchips EMEA. Since then, he has been responsible for media partnerships and cooperation with journalists on Facebook.

The industrial engineer joined the Spiegel Group in autumn 2014 as Chief Technology Officer and Head of IT and was promoted to Publishing Director of Spiegel Verlag and Managing Director of Spiegel Online in August 2015.

Previously, Jesper Doub worked as CIO at DuMont Schauberg and as Managing Director at DuMont Systems. In other stages of his professional life, the manager held leading positions at Bauer Media Group and Axel Springer.



Katja Anette Brandt, CEO DACH, Mindshare

Katja Anette Brandt has been CEO for the DACH region of the globally active media and marketing agency Mindshare since March 2017. Prior to this, the media manager was CEO of the Dentsu-Aegis Network for 12 years, where she was mainly responsible for the development and management of Vizeum Germany. During this time, Katja Anette Brandt was also a member of the Executive Board of Dentsu Aegis.

Katja Anette Brandt started her career after studying business administration at the European Business School and an MBA as Brand Manager at Benckiser Germany. From 1997 she worked for Europcar and was most recently Managing Director Marketing, Sales and Call Center. After 10 years on the advertisers’ side, she joined Optimedia Frankfurt as Managing Director and stayed there for 3 years – until she moved to Dentsu Aegis.

Katja Anette Brandt is involved in various juries, including the Cannes Advertising Festival, the German Media Prize, Euro Best and Plakadiva. The mother of four is a member of the German Advertising Council and the ZAW Presidium.


Ralph Pighin, Senior Vice President Europe, Asia & Africa, Deezer    

Ralph Pighin has worked for Deezer since 2016. As Senior Vice President Europe, Asia & Africa he is currently responsible for the growth of the streaming service in over 160 countries. Pighin’s responsibilities include marketing, sales, communications, social media, editorial and international advertising. Previously, as Vice President Central & Eastern Europe at Deezer, he was responsible for the development and planning of the business strategy and the expansion of the Central and Eastern European markets.

Pighin’s career has been shaped by music, business development and sales. After studying law, he began his career at Virgin Schallplatten, including as Head of Virgin Online. Ralph Pighin later managed the digital business as Director Digital Distribution & Development at EMI Music Germany and as Director Global Business Development at Microsoft and Nokia he was responsible for the market launch of music services. Before joining Deezer, Pighin was Vice President Global Advertising and General Manager DACH, Benelux & Poland at Mixradio.


Tanit Koch, Editor-in-Chief, Central Editorial Office, Mediengruppe RTL Germany/ Managing Director, n-tv

Tanit Koch is a German journalist and a nationally as well as internationally sought-after speaker and presenter. Since March 2019 she has been managing director of the news channel N-TV and editor-in-chief of the central editorial department of Mediengruppe RTL Germany. Tanit Koch succeeded Kai Diekmann as editor-in-chief of BILD until 2018. As a lawyer and political scientist, Tanit Koch held various positions at Axel Springer Verlag, including deputy editor-in-chief of BILD, editor-in-chief of BILD Hamburg and editor-in-chief of WELT.

Tanit Koch is a member of the Board of Trustees of the German Integration Foundation, chaired by former Federal President Christian Wulff, and serves as its mentor. Since 2018 she has also been a member of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity founded by Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Joe Biden and a member of the board of trustees of the Johanna Quandt Foundation. She will be the host for the MEDIENTAGE Summit for the first time at MEDIENTAGE 2019.


Matthew Iles, Founder & CEO Civil

Matthew studied journalism at Duke University before embarking on an entrepreneurial career in digital marketing and innovative business modeling. He imagined that it was possible to take advantage of both the benefits of an open discourse platform and the financial and behavioural incentives of a global cooperative, and first wrote about the concept behind Civil in November 2016.

Matthew is not only committed to sustainable journalism, but also deeply believes in evolutionary organizational methods versus traditional command and controlled hierarchies. At Civil, Matthew and the team practice what he originally called synchronicity — a cascading, distributed leadership model based on broad general knowledge, continuous realignment and a deep appreciation of each individual’s personal identity. He owes much of his professional success to his wife and former entrepreneurial partner Katie Iles. They live in Brooklyn with their dog Emma.


Jessica Peppel-Schulz, CEO, Condé Nast Germany

Jessica Peppel-Schulz has been CEO of Condé Nast Germany since April 2019. Prior to this, she was CEO of the UDG United Digital Group for five years, where she transformed eleven specialist agencies into a leading agency brand.

Jessica started her professional career in 2001 at the telecommunications group HanseNet/AOL as Head of Marketing Private Customers & Brand Communication, was responsible for the development and implementation of a new corporate positioning as well as the brand and product strategy and was significantly involved in the launch of the Alice brand and the merger of HanseNet/AOL in 2007.
As Vice President Digital Marketing & Sales she was then responsible for the development and execution of the digital corporate and marketing strategy at cable network operator Kabel BW/ Unitymedia and accompanied the brand as it entered the digital age.



Soheil Dastyari – CEO TERRITORY

Soheil Dastyari is CEO of TERRITORY. He began his career as a brand strategist and later Managing Director at Lintas and Foote, Cone & Belding. In 2006, he joined Gruner + Jahr Corporate Development and Strategy. Following his appointment as Head of Brand and Innovation Development, Dastyari took over as Managing Director of G+J Corporate Editors in 2009.

From 2012, he was also responsible for the business group with the Capital and Business Punk brands as Managing Director and founded the group’s new publishing office in Berlin. From 2013 to 2016 Dastyari was publishing director of Gruner + Jahr Germany. In this capacity, he acted as Managing Director of “STERN”, was responsible for its repositioning as “Das Reporter-Magazin” and was responsible for various start-ups such as STERN Crime, BARBARA and WALDEN. In addition, he headed G+J Marketing as well as Corporate Publishing and Business Development. In 2016 he co-founded the company TERRITORY – Content to Results and has been managing it ever since.