WAN-IFRA Announces Election Of New Vice President

Fernando de Yarza, president of Henneo Group in Spain, has been elected vice president of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

Mr de Yarza, president of News Media Europe, will now form the new Presidency of WAN-IFRA until the incoming Board elections planned for June 2019 along with Michael Golden (USA), Lisa MacLeod (Tiso Blackstar, South Africa), Paul Verwilt (Mediahuis, Belgium), and David Callaway (The Street, USA).

Mr de Yarza, who was elected at WAN-IFRA’s general assembly of members in Amsterdam, said: “I am very honoured to be appointed to the Presidency of WAN-IFRA. The organisation is undergoing a successful and remarkable transformation that underlines its role as the global voice of news publishers.

“I’ve followed the success of WAN-IFRA’s programmes worldwide during the past few years. It’s a unique, invaluable and inspirational forum on global trends in the news industry and I am grateful for this opportunity to contribute to its development” said Fernando.

“New forces at work make this a critical time for WAN-IFRA to play in the global conversation on the future of journalism and independent news publishing. More than ever, publishers need a global voice that promote editorial quality and professional practice with innovative solutions,” he added.

Formerly the Heraldo Group, publisher of Heraldo de Aragon founded in 1895, Henneo employs more than 1,400 employees in four business areas; news media, audiovisual production, technology, and industrial services.

The next WAN-IFRA elections are planned to take place during the annual World News Media Congress to be held in Glasgow on 1-3 June 2019.