Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Ingvild Næss, Schibsted

Who: Ingvild Næss has three key roles at Schibsted, a Nordic company that includes media, online marketplaces and technology ventures. She is CIO, responsible for driving the transformation of Schibsted’s IT operations, CEO of Schibsted Enterprise Technology. and additionally serves as the company’s Chief Privacy and Data Trends Officer, leading a team of privacy lawyers. Næss, who is widely recognized as having played a pivotal role in shaping Schibsted’s digital agenda, vision, and operational model, was named female media leader of the year in Norway 2023. She chairs the Norwegian Media Businesses Association’s data and privacy committee and is a member of the Norwegian government’s privacy commission.

Topic: The planned split between Schibsted’s media and marketplace businesses, the company’s data strategy, and the challenges of scaling AI.

Quote: “What has been really key to making progress is that we have established an extensive governance structure that involves CXOs from all key business areas. When the group makes a decision it actually happens because due to our structure it is not possible to hide or delay and this has been critical for our ability to make progress.”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.