Frankfurt, Germany, Jun 17 (efe-epa).- Julia Rodríguez Arévalo was appointed President and CEO of epa european pressphoto agency b.v. by the company’s General Assembly of shareholders, epa’s Supervisory Board announced on Wednesday.
Arévalo, 53, previously Deputy Foreign News Director of epa’s major shareholder Agencia EFE, told the Assembly that “epa stands for outstanding quality in visual journalism and has gained reputation and respect in the industry worldwide.”
“I am enthusiastic about this unique opportunity and feel honored to head epa,” Arévalo said.
Arévalo started her career as a reporter and photographer for EFE in the early 90’s, followed by assignments abroad as the news agency’s correspondent for the former Soviet Union and the Balkans, where she covered major conflicts like the Chechen and Kosovo wars.
The incoming epa President & CEO has been Director of EFE’s bureaus in South Asia and Paraguay and has coordinated several multimedia projects from Madrid headquarters. In her capacity as Deputy Foreign News Director of EFE since April 2019, she has been the head of the NewsVista Multimedia Service, a joint project with epa.
epa’s future management team under Arévalo will include Elio Schöfer (COO), Silke Pohlmann (Head of Human Resources), and Terri A. Love (CFO), among other experienced department heads. The editorial operations are headed by the three Acting Editors-in-Chief Monika Plhal, Frank Bengfort and Gernot Hensel.
After more than 17 years of service as President & CEO of epa and over 40 years in the international media business, Jörg Schierenbeck (66) will retire from his position with effect from June 30, 2020. The General Assembly and epa’s Supervisory Board expressed their gratitude.
“Jörg has developed epa into a provider of visual news products of first rank and with a truly global reach,” said Gian Luca Zingoni of the Italian news agency ANSA in a statement for the Supervisory Board. Upon their request, Schierenbeck will continue to serve epa as a Senior Advisor.
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