|Publishers Australia's Annual General Meeting in Sydney on Friday 25th March saw major new constitutional changes introduced including the formalisation of the Magazine Publishers of Australia (MPA) membership, the expansion of the board from eight to 10, and the introduction of new board members.
The MPA's membership was ratified under the newly created membership class of Industry Association. Under this format, MPA is entitled to appoint one person as a director to the board. Nick Chan, CEO of Pacific magazines and chair of MPA, will assume this role.
Publishers Australia (PA) Chairman Geoff Hird commented: "The alliance of Publishers Australia and the Magazine Publishers of Australia has been widely supported by our members. This will enable a joint focus to promote magazines and increase their value across the Australian media community."
Chan said, "Publishers Australia is focused on a number of strategic activities to help grow the magazines industry. MPA is delighted to be a part of this, and to contribute on the board. Already MPA members are taking active roles in several leadership groups contributing their experience. The opportunity to share resources will help strengthen our industry."
Two new appointments were made to the Publishers Australia Board: Chris Bland, Managing Director of Great Southern Press and Lisa Paton, Managing Director of Hardie Grant Magazines. Bobbi Mahlab, Managing Director of Mahlab Media in Sydney was re-elected for a second term. CEO Claudia Sagripanti said, "I'm delighted that the new appointees reflected the increasing profile of Victorian members in PA, and announced the creation of a Victorian chapter under the guidance of Chris Bland with the first Members' event due in June.
In his Chairman's report, Hird looked forward to an ambitious programme of events across all states and territories including, in collaboration with MPA, Magazine Week in Sydney running from 7th-11th November. "Magazine Week will be a significant vehicle for education, public relations, positioning to advertisers and agencies and will help to raise the profile of Publishers Australia across the media industry", said Hird.
Hird also announced the creation of three new Leadership Groups. Young Minds will offer professional development and networking opportunities to the under 30s. Magazine Marketing was formed to champion magazines to the broad media buying and marketing community.
The Subscriptions Leadership Group will focus in building subscriptions base through internet, marketing and database initiatives. "I encourage our new members and the board nominees to step up and guide these committees to define and drive forward our programme of innovation. Teleconferencing facilities are also available to ensure involvement from our interstate members, said Hird.
Other matters at the special general meeting and annual general meeting were:
- - Amendments to the constitution were passed.
- - PA will now operate on a 31st December financial year.
- - The composition and membership of the board reflecting industry categories were clarified and defined.
- - Membership categories were expanded to include industry association members and life members.
- - The minutes of the 2009 AGM were confirmed and adopted. The Financial report for 2009-2010 and the Interim report at 31 December 2010, indicating a strengthening and stabilising financial position, were received and adopted. PA's auditors Bell Partners were re-appointed.
Source: Publishers Australia
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