josja Zijlstra

Josja graduated in economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and has been active in media throughout her working life.

She started her career at the Financieele Dagblad and progressed via VNU’s newspapers in Brabant before finally arriving in the world of magazine publishing. There she gained 20 years’ experience in various posts at VNU/ Sanoma and TMG. She also worked for these companies in Romania and Ukraine respectively. She lived in Ukraine for four years and transformed a greenfield magazine publisher into a company with magazines, a newspaper, websites and radio.

Josja has been working for Novamedia since 2014 as chair of company’s three media Managing Directors. In this role, she spent her first two years building the new ECI and has been Managing Director of the publishing companies since May 2016. She also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Royal Netherlands Book Trade Association (Koninklijke Vereniging voor het Boekenvak).