Leadership Team

Dev Pragad

Chief Executive Officer

Dev Pragad is the Chief Executive Officer of Newsweek Media Group. Having spent many years in London as MD of EMEA office, Mr. Dev Pragad was promoted to the role of CEO in 2016, following his success in this UK-based role, which saw him drive the expansion of the International Business Times UK and Newsweek EMEA titles in particular. Mr. Pragad holds a PhD in Mobile Internet and BEng from King’s College London. He is passionate about the digital media space and the fast- changing ways in which societies consume and share information in the online age.

Alan Press


Alan Press joined Newsweek Media Group as President, in 2017. Alan is responsible for all commercial operations, including marketing, sales, new business development and strategic initiatives. Alan got his start in publishing in 2006 at The Economist, where he spent nine years in various roles leading marketing globally both for consumer and B-to-B businesses. Following The Economist Alan was Group Vice President of Worldwide Events at Gartner Inc. Prior to The Economist, Alan spent the better part of a decade at American Express in their Consumer Card Group, followed by The Columbia House Company. He received his BA at Tufts University and MBA at The University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.

Alvaro Palacios

Chief Operating Officer

Alvaro Palacios is the Chief Operating Officer of Newsweek Media Group and has a strong background in strategy, business development, finance, sales and marketing. He has a proven ability to improve global operations, impact business growth, and maximize stakeholder value. Alvaro joined Newsweek Media Group from Televisa Publishing + Digital where he served as Head of US Operation. He previously held operations, finance and business development positions at companies including DLA, Inc, PRISA, Terra Networks USA and Latin America, Telefonica B2B and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Alvaro is a graduate of Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay and holds an MBA in finance from Universidad ORT Uruguay.

Amit Shah

Chief Financial Officer

Amit Shah is the Chief Financial Officer for Newsweek Media Group and he oversees the accounting, business support, financial planning and analysis, treasury, M&A, internal audit and tax functions of the Group. Amit joined in 2012 as Financial Controller and has worked closely with senior leadership since his arrival. Amit has over ten years of experience building and leading finance teams with significant operating scale and complexity. Before joining Newsweek Media Group Amit began his career working with accounting firms in the UK and has worked as a management consultant for private companies. Amit has accounting qualifications and earned a degree in Engineering (Electronics) and qualification in Aviation Engineering.

James Karklins

Chief Marketing Officer

James Karklins is Chief Marketing Officer at Newsweek Media Group with responsibility for Audience growth, circulation, brand development and communications globally. He was previously the VP of Regional Marketing at Gartner where he ran a large business responsible for driving delegate revenue to Gartner’s Worldwide Events business. He has held several senior leading marketing positions for over 10+ years with renowned companies throughout the world. Prior to Gartner James was the Vice President of Demand Generation and Audience Marketing at Source Media. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Corporate Finance from Bond University. He is from Australia and lives in New York.

Michael Lukac

Chief Technology Officer

Michael Lukac is the Chief Technology Officer at Newsweek Media Group. He oversees the global IT strategy, design and deployment of all business units. Prior to his current role in New York, he was based in London and worked as the IT Director at IBT UK. Michael held various IT titles prior to joining the organization, including the University Hospital Ruzinov in Bratislava, Slovakia. Michael received his Masters in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering from FEI Technical University at Kosice, Slovakia.

Dayan Candappa

Chief Content Officer

Dayan Candappa joined Newsweek Media Group in 2016 as Global Editor in Chief of International Business Times, and has rebuilt the company’s portfolio of business, lifestyle and gaming websites. Dayan has worked around the world as an editor and correspondent for Reuters, covering conflicts, disasters, diplomacy and business stories during postings in London, New York, Singapore, Dubai and Colombo. When Thomson acquired Reuters, Dayan drove the integration of key editorial assets, including International Financing Review, the world premier capital markets magazine. He then ran news operations in the Americas and in Asia, building award-winning teams, including the one that won Reuters first Pulitzer Prize for print.

Managing Editor EMEA, Newsweek Media Group
& Editor-in-Chief, International Business Times UK

John Crowley took up the position as Editor-in-Chief of International Business Times UK in March 2016. He was previously digital editor at The Wall Street Journal for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has worked as a reporter and an editor for The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Irish Post.

Global General Counsel

Rosie is the Global General Counsel of Newsweek Media Group. Prior to joining the Newsweek Media Group Rosie headed up the Legal team at LG Electronics. Rosie has over 20 years’ experience working for blue chip media and technology companies, such as Microsoft, Aol Verizon and Universal. Prior to a career in-house, Rosie trained and worked for several years in private practice, at the specialist media and technology firm, The Simkins Partnership.

Vice President – HR Business Partner

As VP HR BP, Leiann Kaytmaz plays an integral role bringing a key HR perspective to the leadership team. She provides meaningful people solutions that assist the business in reaching its goals and objectives. Leiann joins Newsweek Media Group from the 9.8 Group (a strategic holding company with a portfolio in the media, marketing and advertising space) where she served as HR Director. She previously held HR positions at companies including C2 Media, Edison Schools, Barnes & Noble and Zagat. She began her career in HR working in executive search. Leiann is a graduate of Stony Brook University.