GEN Elects New President

17 June 2015


The GEN Board meeting in Barcelona today elected Peter Bale as the new President of GEN. Peter Bale is the Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Public Integrity, the global nonprofit investigative journalism organisation based in Washington, DC. He joined the Center after three years at CNN International where he ran CNN.com and other digital products outside the United States. The International edition of the CNN site recorded double-digit growth in users, engagement and revenue during his tenure heading teams in Atlanta, London, Dubai and Hong Kong. The GEN Board also elected Paul Steiger, Executive Chairman of ProPublica's board of directors, as board treasurer.

Peter Bale

Peter Bale said: "The Global Editors Network is arguably the most forward-looking journalistic industry group in the world. It isn’t rooted in “old” media but in a commitment to the future of journalism using the most advanced technology and storytelling methods available. Its collaborative approach and focus on innovation — exemplified by the new Climate Publishers Network and the long-standing Data Journalism Awards — mean it stands out from other groups that speak for journalism. It is also truly global. I am proud to have been a GEN member since its foundation and look forward to working with its indefatigable and imaginative Director General, Bertrand Pecquerie.”

Meet The Three Candidates for The GEN Board

GEN Board candidates 2015

Three candidates for the GEN board will be elected by the GEN Assembly on Friday during the GEN Summit in Barcelona. The three women - Cory Haik, Amanda Farnsworth and Monique Villa (from left to right in the above image) - occupy key roles in the media world.

Cory Haik is the Executive Producer and Senior Editor for Digital News at the Washington Post. She has been in the post for the past four years, leading innovative initiatives, such as the new Kindle Fire app, and pushing the envelope on mobile and places to grow new audiences. Cory cut her teeth following the Gulf Coast storms atNOLA.com where she was Managing Editor.

Amanda Farnsworth is the Editor of Visual Journalism for BBC News and has been entrusted with some of the most high profile leadership roles in the BBC, including Editor of the TV One and Six O' Clock News, Deputy Editor, Newsnight and Bureau Chief in Washington DC. She has a wide range of editorial experience, including News, Sport and Digital Media both in the UK and abroad. 

Monique Villa is CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of TrustLaw. She has been ranked among the world’s 100 most influential people in Business Ethics by Ethisphere. Since her appointment in 2008, she has transformed the company's Foundation, launching a number of programs that leverage the expertise of Thomson Reuters to trigger change and empower people across the world.