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Christoph Riess leaves WAN-IFRA

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Christoph Riess leaves WAN-IFRA


Christoph Riess, the CEO who steered the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) since February 2010, has moved on from the organisation from March 31, 2012.

Mr. Riess, who was appointed CEO following the merger of the World Association of Newspapers with the research and technology organisation IFRA, was responsible for the successful re-organisation and strategy of the global organisation of the world’s news publishing industry. Christoph has fulfilled his assigned role to the expectations of WAN-IFRA and during his term has succeeded in putting the financial matters on track from negative to a positive situation.

“Christoph has done well in the best interest of WAN-IFRA during his tenure and we are grateful to him for his services and wish him all success in the future”, said Jacob Mathew, President of WAN-IFRA.

Mr. Mathew said the Board would soon begin the recruitment process for a new CEO. In the interim, the three Deputy CEOs – Manfred Werfel in Darmstadt,  Larry Kilman  in  Paris  and  Thomas Jacob  in Singapore – supported by Chief Financial Officer Andreas Musielak, would function as the executive management of WAN-IFRA. During the interim period, Mr. Manfred Werfel, the senior most Deputy CEO, will be the interim CEO to coordinate the routine.

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris (France) and Darmstadt (Germany) with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.

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Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, WAN-IFRA, 96 bis, rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 07. Fax: +33 1 42 78 92 33. Mobile: +33 6 10 28 97 36. E-mail:

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