Stephan Scherzer


Stephan Scherzer, born 1964, is a media executive with international background and 25 years of publishing experience. Since 2012 he is the CEO of VDZ, the umbrella trade organization of German Magazine Media Publishers, representing more than 450 B2B and B2C publishers with 3,000+ brands, in Berlin. As a 360°- Print-Web-Mobile-Social-Association VDZ runs Germanys most important event “Publishers´Summit” and the gala “Publishers´Night” but in cooperation with FIPP also the most important digital event for the magazine media industry the “Digital Innovators Summit”. The VDZ Academy educates more than 2000 media experts per year, organizes expert tours to media and digital hot spots in Europe, Israel, the US, Japan, Korea or China. Between 2007 and 2011 he worked for IDG in San Francisco as Executive Vice President, responsible for the digital strategy for the consumer group. He launched the IDG Mobile Hub Group in 2010, which developed publishing and production strategies for IDG`s 90 business units around the globe. He started his career as a trade magazine journalist, was editor-in-chief of Macworld in Germany. Later he was Group Publisher and member of the board of IDG in Munich. Stephan has been a speaker at numerous industry events in Europe, Asia, Afrika and the US. He is Vice President of EMMA (European Magazine Media Association), has a seat at the steering committee of the world magazine media association FIPP and is a member of the Executive Board of “Stiftung Lesen” – German Literacy Foundation under the patronage of the German President. He is a graduate of Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and holds M.A. degree in Political Science, History and Economics. His social media profile is mentioning family, mountaineering and media as his passions. He lives with his wife and daughter in Berlin.

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