Message from Chairman
I am honored to be elected as SOPA’s Chairman again and am very glad to have the chance to serve the organization for a third year. In 2013, we look forward to a new and sustainable development of SOPA and the publishing industry.
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The Society of Publishers in Asia re-elects David E. Smith of The Economist as Chairman for the third year in a row
[December 10, 2012] – The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), an organization dedicated to best practices in professional publishing, held their Annual General Meeting and re-elected Mr. David E. Smith (Regional Director, Advertising and Sponsorship, The Economist) as Chairman for the third year in a row, with Mr. Andrew Butcher (Publishing Director, TIME and Fortune, Asia Pacific) as Deputy Chairman, Mr. Jonathon Whiteley (Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Incisive Media) as Honorary Treasurer and Ms. Lillian Kung (Regional Manager NE Asia, Bloomberg Businessweek) as Honorary Secretary.
“I am honored to be elected as SOPA’s Chairman again. I am very glad to have the chance to serve the organization for a third year and sincerely thank all members for their support. I would also like to welcome our new members who I am confident will inject more new energy into the organization. As the publishing industry continues to evolve this is an exciting time to be in our industry. The emergence of interactive technologies and digital devices recently has brought about significant challenges as well as great opportunities for publishers. At SOPA we remain committed to addressing these changes and to promoting the best practices in our industry. In the coming year, we will have more industry events and will continue actively recruiting new members to bring in more new ideas and intensify the connection among the publishers in the region. I look forward to the opportunity to work collaboratively with all of you and I will endeavor to guide the organization into a brighter future,” said Mr. David E. Smith.
SOPA Executive Board 2013 welcomed many new faces, including Ms. Desiree Au (Publisher, TimeOut), Mr. Simon Chu (Director of Operations, Financial Times), Ms. Judy Fong (Senior Digital Sales Manager, TIME and Fortune, Asia Pacific), Ms. Teresa Fung (Chief Operating Officer, South China Media Group), Ms. Anne Lim-Chaplain (Publisher and Managing Director, Hubert Burda Media Hong Kong Limited), Mr. Chad Tendler (Corporate Communications Director, The Wall Street Journal Asia) and Ms. Jessica Triffitt (Group Sales Director, Haymarket). Other re-elected members include Mr. Terry Chan (Chief Operating Officer, One Media Group), Ms. Elsie Cheung (Chief Operating Officer, South China Morning Post) and Mr. Jeremy Ford (General Manager, Asia, The Newsweek Daily Beast Company).
The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) was founded in 1982 to promote, maintain and manage both local publishers and local representatives of foreign publishers in Asia, with a view to fostering better cooperation and understanding among members. It is based in Hong Kong and represents international, regional and local media companies in Hong Kong and around Asia. SOPA is a not for profit organization. It hosts the prestigious annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence to set world-class benchmarks for journalism in Asia. The Society of Publishers in Asia exists to promote excellence in journalism and best practices across all local and regional publishing platforms in Asia Pacific.
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