Leaders' Briefing 2023 - Executive Summit

The Executive Summit is a small, closed, invitation-only event on the eve of the Leaders' Briefing, designed for selected executives from the content provider community.

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DPP Executive Summit 2023

The DPP Executive Summit is a special invitation-only event for senior leaders from content organisations. The Summit features interviews with senior executives from both inside and outside the media and entertainment industry. This year we explore some of the strategic and organisational challenges that need to be addressed to prepare a media business for the future.

Tuesday 7 November 2023

12:00 - 13:00 Registration, lunch and networking

13:00 - 13:15 Welcome and context

Mark Harrison



13:15 - 14:15 What do ‘Future-ready media businesses’ look like?

What does a ‘Future-ready media businesses’ look like?

The DPP and Cognizant have conducted research with a dozen major European broadcasters looking at their technological preparedness for the future. Have these companies invested in the right technologies? And do they have the organisational means to make those investments work? In this special session we present an exclusive preview of the key findings - and invite reflections from two of the research participants.

Kari Holmen

Head of CTO Office


David Ingham

Client Partner - Head of Media, Entertainment and Sport portfolio


Ian Munford

Industry Development Lead


Edward Qualtrough

Editorial Director


14:15 - 14:45

Owning it: what does it take to be in charge of your tech destiny?

Media organisations see a future led by AI and data - and yet that is a road strewn with hazards. Ethical and legal issues could derail generative AI; data ownership and control is hard to achieve; and new ways of working are only increasing IT cost and complexity. Nowhere are these challenges sharper than in advertising, where speed and agility are critical. In this session the Global CTO of Group M - part of media giant WPP - tells us how she seeks to control her tech destiny.

Nadine Thomson

Global Chief Technology Officer, Group M


14:45 - 15:15

Has everyone lost interest in sustainability - or is it just us?

2023 was the year in which environmental sustainability slipped down the agenda of media organisations as financial stringency moved up it. But is that the story in all industries? And if so, what does it mean for the ability of companies to meet both regulatory and reputational expectations? We speak to the CSO of one of the world’s major IT consultancy and software development companies - which has sustainability at the core of its proposition.

Mattie Yeta

Chief Sustainability Officer


15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:15

How well do media organisations understand cost and efficiency drivers in technology?

Almost every media organisation will report a strategic objective to improve operational efficiency, provide greater flexibility, modernise infrastructure and reduce costs. But just how well do tactical realities align with these strategic aspirations? Signiant CEO Margaret Craig draws on her experience to offer some key insights - and home truths - about the reality of trying to give customers what they allegedly want.

Margaret Craig



16:15 - 16:45

Should technology transformation make the CIO redundant?

In this final session we speak to Belinda Finch, CIO of telecommunications giant Three about her vision for the role of technology in the businesses of tomorrow; what it means to truly democratise technology tools; what business-led transformation looks like; and what that in turn means for senior leaders in technology.

Belinda Finch



16:45 - 17:00

Key industry trends for 2023

On the eve of the annual DPP Leaders’ Briefing, we share some of the major themes that have dominated the DPP’s work in 2023, and ask what we might see emerge for 2024.

Mark Harrison



17:00 - 18:30 Networking drinks

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