Published 2023-11-16

Ingvild Næss named “Female Media Leader of the Year” in Norway

She is both Chief Privacy and Data Trends Officer and Chief Information Officer at Schibsted. Now Ingvild Næss has been named “Female Media Leader of the Year” in Norway. 

Ingvild was awarded the prize by Norway’s Minister of Culture and Equality Lubna Jaffery in a ceremony at the annual conference of the Media Network on November 15. The Media Network is a forum for female media leaders in Norway.

Ingvild Næss is “Female Media Leader of the Year” in Norway

Among the three finalists for the award was also VG’s News Editor Tora Håndlykken. 

Ingvild was awarded the prize for her work with privacy and GDPR in both Schibsted and the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association.

“This year’s female media manager has done more for the industry than most realise,” the jury stated. (Read the full reasoning of the jury below.)

Ingvild, who heads the privacy work at Schibsted as well as the enterprise IT unit E-tech, is both thrilled and humbled by the award. She points out that both Tora from VG and the third finalist, Christina Dorthellinger at the Norwegian News Agency (NTB) deserved to win as well. 

“The field of technology, data and privacy is constantly evolving. This serves as an inspiration to continue working across the industry to address challenges and seize opportunities to develop our business and improve our user offerings in the best possible way. I am grateful for all the fantastic people I have the privilege to work with every day at Schibsted, and I take pride in the fact that Schibsted is leading the way,” says Ingvild.

“A star in her field”

Ingvild is an invaluable resource for Schibsted and her peers. She is a star in her field, while also being a team player and a team builder. This award is truly deserved, says CEO Kristin Skogen Lund.

Norwegian Minister of Culture and Equality Lubna Jaffery and Schibsted’s Chief Privacy and Data Trends Officer at the award ceremony.

Norwegian Minister of Culture and Equality Lubna Jaffery and Schibsted’s Chief Privacy and Data Trends Officer at the award ceremony.

Why she was awarded the prize

Here are the words given by Minister of Culture and Equality Lubna Jaffery on behalf of the jury:

“You must have a certain courage to be a leader in the media industry in 2023. Business models are uncertain, reading habits are changing and the conditions we operate in are under pressure. In addition, the year has been marked by wars, conflicts and a deep uneasiness about what the future will bring.

In times like this, we need leaders who work strategically and listen, who know where we are going, and who get their people along on the journey. But we also need leaders who share and who see the value of cross-functional collaboration.

This year’s female media manager has done more for the industry than most realise. In a time where digitization offers both new opportunities and challenges, it has been absolutely crucial to have leaders who look further ahead, think in principles and who dare to take action.

A few years ago, no one knew what the four letters GDPR stood for. And most of us had a bewildered look when this became a topic. For the media industry, it has been very important to navigate smartly and correctly in the GDPR landscape, facing the regulatory authorities of the EU and technology companies.

This year’s female media manager has taken the lead and ensured that the Norwegian media industry has found a good balance between consideration for each individual user and the media’s ability to use personal data to make the services as relevant as possible.

Both in her own workplace and through leading the work on GDPR in Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association she has shown the way with a steady hand, and she has been given increasingly greater responsibilities. We are, of course, talking about Schibsted’s Ingvild Næss, who is the CPO (Chief Privacy and Data Trend Officer) and CIO (Chief Information Officer).

Ingvild currently leads 15 privacy lawyers and 140 technologists at Schibsted. She creates an environment where diversity is accommodated and where changes are met with a strong blend of professional competence, security, and enthusiasm.

This year’s jury is pleased to draw attention to a side of the media industry that often goes unnoticed and to highlight a leader who has done a very important job for the entire industry. The female media leader of the year is Ingvild Næss! “