Chief Executive Officer, Guardian Media Group
David Pemsel was appointed CEO, Guardian Media Group (GMG) in July 2015 with responsibility for leading GMG’s commercial and financial business strategy.
In addition he is Chairman of GMG Ventures, a $50m fund making early stage investments in innovative businesses in the media technology sector. He is also a member of The Scott Trust, the ultimate owner of The Guardian.
David joined Guardian News & Media (GNM) in 2011 and was appointed chief commercial officer in 2012. A year later he took on increased accountability for the GNM business in the newly-created role of deputy chief executive, with responsibility for leading commercial operations in the UK, the US and Australia, and integrating them as one global organisation.
Prior to joining GNM, David worked in many senior roles within the media industry, including launching Shine Entertainment in 2000, before becoming Group Marketing Director of ITV plc in 2005.
David is a non-executive director of The British Fashion Council and a voting member of BAFTA.
Executive Editor, CNN
Inga Thordar is the Executive Editor of CNN Digital Worldwide, overseeing all international news, sport and programming teams.
Thordar oversees teams of journalists in London, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Lagos and NY who produce, write and distribute CNN’s multi-platform journalism globally across an array of digital platforms.
She was previously Senior Editor on BBC World bringing together TV and digital production teams and commissioning.
Thordar edited the BBC's news front page as well as lead digital innovations on both TV and radio platforms. Prior to that, she led a team of video journalists at the BBC who used the latest technology available to create innovative quality videos for digital and TV properties.
An Iceland native, Thordar is based in London and a graduate of SOAS, University College London and the University of Iceland.
General Counsel - Global Marketing, Media and eCommerce, Unilever
Jamie has worked in the advertising industry since his career began. He joined Unilever in 2007, after 6 years advising London’s top creative agencies and a brief affair with the music business.
In 2011, he left Unilever South Africa to create a new role as the company’s first ‘digital’ lawyer. Since then, he’s stood shoulder to shoulder with Unilever’s media and marketing pioneers breaking new ground in digital; from the dawn of advertising on Facebook, to the birth of the Unilever Foundry (a brand/start-up matchmaker), to the evolution of direct to consumer eCommerce, Jamie has hacked a path through laws and regulations written for a different time.
As General Counsel - Global Marketing, Media and eCommerce, he leads a specialist team supporting Unilever’s Central Marketing and Communications Office. He advises on the legal and regulatory implications of 21st century marketing, with a focus on media platforms, adtech, content, and online issue management (everything from fake news and ad fraud to trolls and social memes). He is also responsible for Unilever’s contractual relationships with 1,000s of advertising and media agencies, social platforms, publishers and fledgling digital service providers.
Jamie is happiest on the water or in the mountains – anything that involves a board. Despite two law degrees and more than 15 years in the business, he describes himself as “London’s least likely lawyer”; his family motto (“If you can’t be good, don’t get caught”) says it all.