Virginia Stagni

head of business development The Financial Times

Virginia Stagni works as head of business development at the Financial Times, as part of the Commercial Department. She founded and runs the FT Talent Challenge project.

Her role consists in looking across new business ideas and new revenue growth opportunities that reflect on the sustainability of the news business model, and on its future readership and talent acquisition. Her job is to keep the Financial Times among the most innovative media companies, being a source of innovation and energy across the media business – uncovering new opportunities for the FT to be successful. She is FT Advisor for the FT data and strategy consulting firm FT Strategies. She is actively working between London and New York. In September 2021 her first book Dreamers who do: intrapreneurship and innovation in the media world (Egea BUP editore) was published, in which she discusses her vision for the future of the journalism ecosystem and the role of intrapreneurs and younger leaders in big corporations.

Before joining the FT, Virginia had been a start-up founder & entrepreneur; she worked as a freelance reporter for La Stampa. She is part of the Forbes under 30 list (2021), Fortune 40 under 40 list (2021) the Winner of the 30 under 30 International News and Media Association (INMA) Award and Europe Grand Prize Winner (2020). She is the first Italian to ever get this award. She now sits on the Board of INMA Europe. She is part of the 2021 Women Leaders List by Nova and 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow by St. Gallen Symposium and 100 Women of 2020 List. She was also awarded the Premio Italia Giovane 2020 as “Italian excellence in the world”. In 2019 she was listed as one of the Future Leaders by Digiday.

She is the CEO & founder of GoodSaints, a fairtrade sustainable start-up, and previously founded the magazine Revolart as well as the cultural heritage foundation Bolognadasballo.

She holds an MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Economics and Management for Art, Culture and Communications from Bocconi University.

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