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Google MD to deliver Society of Editors Lecture

07 September 2017


The head of Google in the UK and Ireland will deliver this year’s Society of Editors’ Lecture.

Ronan Harris, Managing Director of Google since 2016, will deliver the prestigious address as one of his first major speeches at the Society’s ‘Fighting for Real News’ conference on 12 November in Cambridge.

Prior to taking over as Managing Director, Harris was Vice President of Google in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Head of Google's operations in Ireland. Ronan joined Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin in 2005. Since then he has focused on growing the company’s online advertising sales across EMEA and also launched several other Google products and initiatives in the region. He began his career with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation at their Information Storage Products division in Japan. He went on to spend nine years in Japan working in consulting and technology and returned to Ireland in 2001 to work in private equity before joining Google.

Ian Murray, Deputy Executive Director of the Society said: “We are delighted that Ronan has accepted our invitation to deliver the prestigious Society of Editor Lecture at our conference in November.

"Google and its emerging role as a major player on the British media scene is one of the most important debates at present and to hear from the recently appointed head of the company here in the UK and Ireland is certain to be a landmark event.”

The ‘Fighting for Real News’ conference, the major annual gathering of editors and senior figures from all sectors of the media, will take place in Cambridge on Sunday 12 November and Monday 13 November. The agenda will focus on fake news and the importance of original reporting, analysis and comment on both print and digital platforms, police and media relationships, counter-terrorism and media coverage of terrorist attacks. The programme will also look closely at freedom of expression in the UK, Europe and more widely and the issue of media self-censorship.

High profile speakers already confirmed include the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Assistant Commissioner and national lead on counter terrorism policing Mark Rowley, Chris Evans, Editor-in-Chief and Head of Content at the Telegraph Media Group, Simon Jenkins, former editor of the London Evening Standard and The Times, Aine Kerr, Manager of Journalism Partnerships at Facebook and Peter Barron, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Google.

The conference is sponsored by Camelot, which has sponsored the Society of Editors since 2001, United Utilities, Google, BBC News, JTI,  Foot Anstey, PCS, NLA Media Access, Waitrose, Cambridge News, Press Assocation, Visit Cambridge and Beyond and HoldTheFrontPage. 

Full details of how to book is available at  

** As previously reported, due to unforeseen business commitments Martin Clarke, CEO and Publisher of the MailOnline, had to withdraw from delivering the Society of Editors’ Lecture. 


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