IPA General Assembly Elects YoungSuk "Y.S." Chi as President

The following Press Release was issued by the International Publishers Association on October 7th, 2010.

The General Assembly of the International Publishers Association (IPA), meeting in Frankfurt on 7 October 2010, elected publisher YoungSuk "Y.S." Chi as IPA President for a renewable two-year term. There were also a large number of new appointments to IPA’s Board.

YoungSuk "Y.S." Chi (Elsevier, U.S.A.) received broad support from the IPA General Assembly and will be IPA President for a renewable two-year term starting on 1st January 2011. The General Assembly elected Ibrahim El Moallem (Dar El Shorouk, Egypt) and Alain Kouck (Editis, France) as Vice-Presidents. The team of President and Vice-Presidents will represent IPA throughout the world.

IPA President-elect YoungSuk "Y.S." Chi says: “I am excited to be able to represent the most important creative industry worldwide as IPA President. There is a great deal of change in the industry. It is therefore a great time to serve”.

Outgoing IPA President Herman P. Spruijt says: “After two years at the head of this Association, I feel proud of what has been accomplished, especially in the area of copyright and freedom to publish. As far as the new team of IPA President and Vice-Presidents is concerned, the good news is there is now a wonderful balance of new faces and experience. I am also glad to note the rejuvenation at play in IPA's Board, an important body for the publishing industry”.

As every year, IPA’s General Assembly also had to elect five new board members: Bjorn Smith-Simonsen (Pax, Norway), Michiel Kolman (Elsevier, The Netherlands), Richard Charkin (Bloomsbury Publishing, UK), Manfred Antoni (Ernst Klett AG, Germany), and Henrique Mota (Principia Editora, Portugal) will serve on the fifteen-member strong IPA Executive Committee for a three-year term.

More about IPA:

The International Publishers Association (IPA) is an international industry federation representing all aspects of book and journal publishing. Established in 1896, IPA's mission is to promote and protect publishing and to raise awareness for publishing as a force for economic, cultural and political development. Around the world IPA actively fights against censorship and promotes copyright, literacy and freedom to publish.IPA is a trade association with a human rights mandate.

For further information, please contact:
Alexis Krikorian
International Publishers Association
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CH - 1206 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 704 1820
Fax: +41 22 74 1821


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