Previous Presidents

Gregory Ferrel Lowe (2012 – 2016)

Gregory Ferrell Lowe (Ph.D. 1992 University of Texas at Austin) established the international graduate studies programme in media management at the University of Tampere in Finland (2008-2017). Prior to that he was Senior Advisor for Strategy and Development at the Finnish national public service broadcasting corporation, Yleisradio (Yle), where he also designed and managed the firm’s programme development department (1997-2007) and its programme for developmental training of professional radio broadcasters.

Dr Lowe served as emma Deputy President (2010-2012) and as President for two terms (2012-2016).

He has edited or co-edited nine books, one of which was emma’s first publication titled Managing Media Firms and Industries: What’s so special about media management? (together with former emma President Charles Brown).

Dr Lowe founded the RIPE international initiative for the development of public service in media ( ) and has numerous journal publications about organisational development and management in public service media companies, a field in which he is considered a leading expert.

He was elected Deputy Chair of the World Media Economics and Management conference in 2016 and will take over (from Robert G. Picard) as Chair after the 2018 conference in Cape Town. Dr Lowe is an editorial board member for the two most important journals in our field, the International Journal on Media Management and the Journal of Media Business Studies.

Charles Brown (2010 – 2012)

Charles Brown is the creator and leader of the University of Westminster’s Masters in Media Management, which has been running since 2005. He has also led the development of the University’s new Masters in Global Media Business, a collaboration with the Communication University of China, to be delivered in both China and the UK. He currently runs the Centre for Creative Industries Management at the University of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design.

Charles has been a media consultant and journalist for over 25 years and has worked with a wide range of media organisations in North America and Europe, advising on the development of strategy and contributing to the creation of digital products and services. Companies he has worked include the BBC, Home Box Office, Warner Home Video, Sanctuary Records, the Guardian, the Scotsman, the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television, the European Commission and the Department of Trade and Industry.

His research interests include emerging digital business models, the development of digital products and services, new aggregation and distribution techniques, regulation and policy, media economics and evolving approaches to the preservation and promotion of public interest and public service values in the media and content industries.

He is co-editor with Gregory Ferrell Lowe of the 2015 EMMA/Springer Scientific publication, Managing Media Firms and Industries: What’s So Special About Media Management?

Lucy Küng (2008 – 2010)

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 theAEMJM 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.

Heinz-Werner Nienstedt (2006 – 2008)

Heinz-Werner Nienstedt, born 1949, is Professor emeritus at the Department of Communication at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany, where he held the chair for Media Management. He was one of the first members of EMMA and President of EMMA between 2006 and 2008.

Heinz-Werner had studied Economics and received his PhD in Econometrics at the Technical University, Berlin, where he later worked as research assistant in these fields until 1984.

From then on until 2002 he served media companies in various leading positions. This includes head of systems and methods for corporate controlling of Bertelsmann, CEO of the first digital start-ups of that media concern in the eighties, head of strategic planning and later member of the management board of Georg von Holtzbrinck Group, Stuttgart, and CEO of the Handelsblatt Group, Düsseldorf. Besides responsibility for the core media brands of this group like Handelsblatt, the financial newspaper, he oversaw other activities of the group like in n-tv, Berlin, the Wall Street Journal Europe, Brussels, Groupe Expansion, Paris, and Economia, Prague.

At the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz he built up and oversaw the Media Management diploma and then master course of study and taught in this field since 2002. About 220 students graduated in this time, 9 doctoral students received their PhD and two their Habilitation in this field. His and his fellows’ and students research was mainly focussed on marketing and innovation issues in the media and their digital environment applying empirical and quantitative methods. In addition to his academic work he advised media companies and media investors and engaged in knowledge transfer from the university to the media during these years.

Besides the continuation of academic activities he today engages in the mentoring of digital start-ups and his role as a business angel in some of them.

Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero (2003 – 2005)

Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero ( is President of the University of Navarra where he teaches Management of Media Companies. He is also Doctor in Public Communications (University of Navarra, 1988).

He got the Diploma in Business Administration (IESE Business School, 1996). He has been professor of Strategy at the Institute for Media and Entertainment (New York), Visiting Fellow at the European Institute for the Media (Düsseldorf) and President of the European Media Management Education Association.

He has published more than fifty articles about media management and media economics in scientific journals. His latest books are Media Concentration in the European Market: new trends and challenges (with M. Carvajal), Media Markets Monographs, 2003; The Content of Media: Quality, Profits and Competition, Formalpress, 2009; and Innovation in the Media. The Road to Change (with F. Pérez-Latre), Formalpress, 2014.

He is mainly interested in two research areas: strategies of growth and diversification of media companies and the concept of media quality. He is a member of several editorial boards including the Journal of Media Economics and the International Journal on Media Management.