WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 14, 2018) – MPA – The Association of Magazine Media today announced that James Cregan, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, will retire from the position at the end of the year. Based in the Washington, D.C. office, he has held this role since January 1, 1999.

“For nearly 25 years at MPA, Jim’s vast contributions to our members’ business interests are significant and far-reaching,” said Linda Thomas Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer, MPA – The Association of Magazine Media. “As the magazine media industry’s biggest advocate before Congress, Jim has effected changes that will have a positive impact on our members’ bottom line for years to come. We will miss his wisdom, his ability to navigate the halls of Congress, and maybe most of all, his sense of humor.”

Before joining MPA in 1995 as Senior Vice President and Counsel, Cregan represented MPA in private practice for seven years. He has litigated on behalf of MPA in major cases before the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), including the groundbreaking 1995 classification reform case and a number of complex general rate proceedings.

In 2010, Cregan organized and led an ad hoc coalition of over 1,000 companies and trade associations – The Affordable Mail Alliance – in successful litigation to defeat the Postal Service’s attempt to impose an unjustified $3 billion “exigency” postal rate increase. In 2018, he activated and directed a similar coalition that is aggressively opposing the PRC’s proposed double-digit rate increases on magazines and other users of the mail. Cregan has served as the magazine industry's chief spokesman and principal representative in several successful legislative matters, including a three-year effort to persuade Congress to amend the "fair use" provision of U.S copyright law and the enactment of the landmark 2006 Postal Service reform bill.

“On behalf of all MPA Members, I want to thank Jim for his extraordinary service to the magazine media industry,” said Steve Lacy, Executive Chairman, Meredith Corporation, and Chairman, MPA. “Personally, I want to acknowledge his tenacity and passion for the work we do. Jim wholeheartedly believes in the power of magazines and has made it his mission to fight the good fight for our business.” Cregan will be honored as an MPA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the American Magazine Media Conference on February 5, 2019 for his longstanding contributions to the magazine media industry. For more information, visit www.magazine.org/AMMC19.

MPA anticipates announcing Cregan’s successor shortly.

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