Gavin O’Reilly, group chief operating officer of Independent News and Media PLC, is to deliver this year’s Society of Editors Lecture.
The lecture will open the ninth SoE conference in Manchester on Sunday 4 November, at the new Hilton Deansgate.
O’Reilly has been president of the World Association of Newspapers since June 2005.
At IN&M he oversees 175 newspaper and magazine titles in Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, which reach a weekly audience of more than 100 million people.
The lecture has previously been delivered by Andrew Neil, Les Hinton, Tim Bowdler, Stewart Purvis, Sir Christopher Meyer, Ben Bradlee and Chris Smith MP, as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Other speakers at this year’s event include Peter Wright from The Mail on Sunday,Colin Myler of the News of the World, Will Lewis from The Daily Telegraph, BBC Deputy Director General Mark Byford, Dorothy Byrne of Channel 4, Anne Spackman of TimesOnline, Georgina Henry of The Guardian, Steve Lowe of LSN Media, Philip Graf of Ofcom, Neil Fowler of Which? and David Schlesinger of Reuters.
The conference will close on the morning of Tuesday November 6.