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AOP Summit – Reuters / Sony Europe keynotes announced

Naomi Climer, Vice President of Sony Europe and Chris Cramer, Global Editor, Multimedia at Reuters are the latest high profile speakers to join the line-up for the AOP Summit, taking place on 7 October at the Business Design Centre in London.
Naomi Climer, Vice President, Sony Europe
David Gilbertson, Chief Executive, Emap
Simon Francis, CEO EMEA, Saatchi & Saatchi
David Montgomery, Chief Executive, Mecom Group
Chris Cramer, Global Editor, Multimedia, Reuters

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Naomi Climer, Vice President, Sony Europe

Naomi Climer joined Sony in 2002 and was appointed Vice President of Sony Europe in May 2006.

She is responsible for leading the continued expansion of Sony’s Professional business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The professional business provides solutions and services to entertainment segments such as media, broadcast, digital signage and digital cinema as well as other B2B markets such assecurity, healthcare and education.

The overall mission of the division is to bring ‘Visual Wealth’ to businesses and their customers through innovative application of technology.

As part of the overall Sony Europe team, Naomi also plays a major role in the development and delivery of solutions harnessing the expertise of ‘Sony United’, such as sustaining the rate of adoption of High Definition and 3D technologies, delivering content to multiple consumer platforms from TVs to games consoles, innovating in the area of Sport content acquisition and distribution, establishing Sony as IPTV innovators, as well as building the strongest possible business case for migration to digital cinema across Europe

David Gilbertson, Chief Executive, Emap

David joined Emap as Chief Executive Officer in March 2008.

He has some 30 years' experience in the information industry having held editorial and management positions with Metal Bulletin, Reuters, Reed Elsevier and Informa. He joined LLP in 1987 as Editor of Lloyd's List, joining the LLP board in 1992. Mr Gilbertson was a member of the 3i-backed management buy-out team which bought LLP from Lloyd's of London in 1995, becoming its Chief Executive in 1997.

He took LLP to flotation on the London Stock Exchange in early 1998, and became Chief Executive of Informa Group plc upon its formation from the merger of LLP with IBC in December 1998.

Mr Gilbertson was appointed Managing Director on the merger of Informa and Taylor & Francis in May 2004, and was reappointed as Chief Executive of Informa plc in 2007. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of John Brown Holdings Limited.

Simon Francis, CEO EMEA, Saatchi & Saatchi

Simon was appointed EMEA CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi in August 2007.

He joined Saatchi & Saatchi from OMD where, as EMEA MD, he held responsibility for 34 markets. At OMD, Simon helped double profits across the region, while winning agency of the year accolades four times.

He was also instrumental in the agency winning major new client assignments worth €1.6bn including Vodafone, Sony, Sara Lee, Kia, Carlsberg, Bridgestone and Danone.

During his career, Simon has served as director of futures at MindShare where he founded TV production company, Shine: M.

He was also board account director and director of integration at Leo Burnett and group media director at Leo Burnett Media. Simon has won awards for his media work for Nike, Heineken, IBM, United Airlines and others. He is the credited writer of press and outdoor ads for Kellogg’s, Hoover and Nike.

David Montgomery, Chief Executive, Mecom Group

David Montgomery founded Mecom in 2000, and was the Executive Chairman until January 2009.

He has since worked on a number of acquisitions in Europe to establish Mecom as one of the leading European publishing and content businesses. Prior to becoming editor of News of the World in 1985, he was managing director of News UK Limited, editor of the Today newspaper and a non-executive director of Satellite Television plc.

Between 1992 and 1999, he was chief executive of Mirror Group plc, where he oversaw its substantial restructuring.

Chris Cramer, Global Editor, Multimedia, Reuters

Chris Cramer has more than 40 years experience in international broadcasting. He is currently Global Editor for Multi Media at Reuters News and, during his career, has led the world’s largest newsgathering organization while at the BBC and developed the world’s most influential, profitable and widely distributed news channel, CNN International.

While at the BBC, Cramer brought together the BBC's huge radio and television newsgathering services into a single and powerful operation. At CNN, he helped the organization respond to the transition to digital broadcasting making CNN the leading news operator in the employment of video and cell phone newsgathering and broadcasting.

Chris Cramer is an advocate and authority on African Journalism having been president of the CNN African Journalism Competition for 11 years. Cramer has been instrumental in bringing the industry together in order to ensure the protection and training of journalists who work in hostile environments. He is President and a founding member of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) the global organization devoted to the ethical treatment and safety of journalists. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Television Society.

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