Aksel van der Wal
EVP, Digital Ventures & Innovation, International, Turner
Aksel van der Wal is executive vice president, digital ventures and innovation, International, with a remit to drive profitable growth through consumer centric and data driven initiatives. His responsibilities include Turner's international multi-platform suite of digital properties and services and its direct to consumer product strategy. He is also charged with identifying new opportunities for Turner and deciding on how to engage with them, through technological product innovation, investments and/or acquisitions. He remains responsible for the company's international technology & operations organisation. Van der Wal was previously senior vice president and chief financial officer of Turner International, overseeing all finance, technology and operations across Turner internationally, across its diverse portfolio of news, kids and general entertainment brands and prior to that was Turner's senior vice president of finance for its EMEA business. Before joining Turner in January 2014, he worked for three years and served as chief executive officer at Time Out. Before that, he was chief financial officer at leading online ticket exchange operation Seatwave and previously held senior financial and business development roles at Vodafone. Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.