The Association of Magazine Media

MPA’S INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE MEDIA GROUP (IMAG) APPOINTS LAURA SIMKINS AS CHAIR OF IMAG BOARD OF DIRECTORS

June 19, 2017

Tom Beusse, Simon Leslie, Erin O’Mara join Board of Directors

NEW YORK, NY – June 19, 2017 –MPA – The Association of Magazine Media today announced that Laura Simkins, Chief Operating Officer, AFAR Media, has been elected to serve as Chair of the IMAG Board of Directors after previously serving as Vice Chair. She is replacing Andrew Clurman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Active Interest Media, Inc., for the new term. 

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Laura’s caliber lead the IMAG board,” said Linda Thomas Brooks, president and chief executive officer of MPA – The Association of Magazine Media. “With over 18 years of experience in media and 15 of those spent at launches or startups, Laura’s career embodies the resourceful and innovative nature of our IMAG community.”

“I am honored to serve as Chair of the IMAG board during this transformative time in our industry,” said Simkins. “I look forward to working more closely with other independent publishers as we continue to break ground and reach enthusiast audiences in new and exciting ways.”

Additionally, three new members were elected to the Board for a three-year term: Tom Beusse, Chief Executive Officer, F+W Media, Inc.; Simon Leslie, Chief Executive Officer, Ink Global; and Erin O’Mara, President, The Nation.

The IMAG board of directors is comprised of 25 executives from the nation’s leading independent magazine media companies. The current board members are:

Laura Simkins, IMAG Chair, Chief Operating Officer, AFAR Media

Michela O’Connor Abrams, Media Executive

Tom Beusse, Chief Executive Officer, F+W Media, Inc.

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, Chief Operating Officer, MIT Technology Review

Beth Fuchs Brenner, Chief Revenue Officer, Domino Media Group

Beth Buehler, Chief Operating Officer, Rodale Inc.

Andrew Clurman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Active Interest Media, Inc.

Scott Dickey, Chief Executive Officer, TEN: The Enthusiast Network

Christian Dorbandt, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Scientific American

Eric Hoffman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Hoffman Media, LLC

Donna Kessler, President, Morris Media Network, Morris Communications Company

Joe Landry, Executive Vice President and Group Publisher, Here Media

Simon Leslie, Chief Executive Officer, Ink Global

David Lusterman, Publisher, Stringletter

Dan McCarthy, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Taunton Press

David Nussbaum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, America’s Test Kitchen

Erin O’Mara, President, The Nation

Jeff Paro, President and Chief Executive Officer, OSG a Division of KSE Media Ventures

Philip Penny, Chief Operating Officer, Belvoir Media Group LLC

Donald B. Peschke, Founder, August Home Publishing Company

Ryan Shea, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, Entrepreneur Media, Inc.

Jamie Trowbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer, Yankee Publishing, Inc.

Bryan Welch, Chief Executive Officer, B The Change Media

Amy P. Wilkins, Chief Revenue Officer, Smithsonian Media, Smithsonian Enterprises

Eric Zinczenko, Chief Executive Officer, Bonnier Corporation

Elizabeth Tighe, Vice President, Marketing, MPA and IMAG Staff Liaison

About the IMAG Community
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media has carved out a community of independent publishers to facilitate peer-to-peer convening, sharing and learning. Fueled by the passionate interest of enthusiast audiences, IMAG brands produce world-class content that captures the attention and loyalty of consumers. These brands continue to build, expand and monetize audiences and assets across platforms and formats.

About MPA
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media is the primary advocate and voice for the publishing industry, driving thought leadership and gamechanging strategies to promote the industry’s vitality and increase its revenues and market share. Established in 1919, MPA represents 200 domestic, associate and international members. MPA is headquartered in New York City, with a government affairs office in Washington, D.C.

Contacts:

Press: Susan Russ
212‐872‐3732
sruss@magazine.org

IMAG: Elizabeth Tighe
212-872-3771
etighe@magazine.org

 

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