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Industry People: Vicente Poveda leads ddp photo agency group

Vicente Poveda

Congratulations to Vicente Poveda who will now be leading the German photo agency ddp.

Vicente joins the management of ddp media GmbH succeeding Ulf Schmidt-Funke who is retiring from the agency on June 30 after 13 years as the agency’s founding managing director. The management change comes after ddp was acquired by action press last year – see the PAN story on this.

Vicente Poveda, born and raised in Alicante, Spain, has held various editorial and sales positions at dpa since 2000. After studying German, Romance Studies and Political Science in Cologne and working as an editor and correspondent in Madrid, Berlin, Jerusalem and Havana, he moved to dpa’s foreign sales department in 2011, which he has headed from Hamburg since 2019. Poveda has also completed postgraduate studies in Public Relations and has worked as a freelancer for several international media companies.

Ulf Schmidt-Funke told PAN: “I would like to thank my whole team for a very exciting time, during which we have built up an outstanding agency together. ddp has a great reputation among photographers and business partners, and Vicente Poveda, as an internationally active journalist with extensive sales experience , brings exactly the right skills to align the agency with the future and to build upon our current high standard of quality. With him at the helm, I know ddp is in very good hands.”

“I am very excited to take over the management of ddp,” said Vicente Poveda. “Together with the experienced team of the agency group, we will further develop ddp into an indispensable player in photojournalism with great added value for our clients, photographers and partners – in Germany as well as internationally. In doing so, we will rely on the synergies with action press and continue to grow together into a leading provider of content and total solutions in the photo and moving image sector.”

Ulli Michel, CEO of action press AG, the parent company of ddp media GmbH. said: “Ulf Schmidt-Funke has developed ddp into a leading international photo agency group. We thank him for the good and very constructive cooperation and are pleased to have gained Vicente Poveda, an internationally well-connected manager with extensive industry knowledge and experience in the conception and marketing of media products, for ddp management.”

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