Peter Vandermeersch

Peter Vandermeersch

Independent News & Media, Publisher

After studying medieval history at the University of Ghent, Peter Vandermeersch joined the Brussels broadsheet De Standaard where he worked at the cultural and the foreign desks.  In 1991 he moved to Paris as the French correspondent for the paper and in 1997 he changed Paris for New York. Two years later, he was appointed editor-in-chief of De Standaard.  After editing that paper for eleven years, he moved in 2010 from Brussels to Amsterdam and became editor-in-chief of the NRC Handelsblad. 

He was the driving force behind structural changes in both the Belgian and Dutch newspapers. As an editor-in-chief he was awarded the title ‘marketer of the year’ in Belgium in 2007

When Mediahuis acquired the ‘Independent News and Media’ group in 2019, Vandermeersch was appointed as publisher of the titles of the biggest newspaper group in Ireland

He is a regular contributor to current affairs programmes on Belgian and Dutch radio and television. He is the author of a biography on the French president Francois Mitterrand and a book on the Dutch social and cultural habits. He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Harvard and a Sulzberger Fellow at the University of Columbia.


At DMX Dublin, Peter will join a panel discussion on...

How do we rebuild trust in an era of global turmoil?


Society at a crossroads: Huge societal fractures have been exposed. Brexit, Social Inequality, The Capitol Insurrection, and the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted us in ways we are still only beginning to understand. How do we begin to rebuild trust? What role can media leaders play in leading that process?  What are the responsibilities of business leaders in shaping a better and more empathetic future? How does government need to respond? What does our brave new world look like?

Joining this panel discussion is Peter Vandermeersch, Publisher at Independent News & Media, Ciara Kelly, Radio Presenter at Newstalk & Aine Kerr, COO at Kinzen. This panel will be facilitated by Feargal Purcell, Head of Public Affairs at Edelman.

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