Message from the Chairman
Welcome to the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA)!
SOPA was originally established in 1982 to recognize and celebrate the highest standards of journalistic quality and integrity in Asia. Today, the SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence are regarded as the gold standard against which the regions’ very best journalists and their titles are measured.
Our commitment to editorial excellence is evidenced in a range of initiatives:
• SOPA stands as a watch guard and protectorate for freedom of the press.
• We advocate the best business practices that support and sustain our industry.
• SOPA hosts topical events such as our Media Insiders, Webinars, and workshops that unite and strengthen our publishing community.
• We embrace technological advances and innovation that best serve the information needs of our audiences.
• In partnership with the Bring Me A Book foundation, SOPA embraces an ongoing commitment to encourage and develop literacy skills in under-privileged Asian children.
It is an honor to be elected for a second consecutive year as SOPA Chairman. I sincerely thank all the board members for their support.
We invite you to join with us in our commitment to elevate the measure and model of publishing in Asia!
Raymond T. Warhola
Chairman – SOPA
The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) announces new board members
[January 2014] – The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), an organization dedicated to best practices in professional publishing, held their Annual General Meeting.
SOPA elected five new members to its board of directors. The new board members are:
Ms. Khoon-Fong Ang (Publishing Director, TIME and Fortune, Asia Pacific) as Deputy Chairwoman,
Mr. Kenny Chan (Operation Director , South China Media Group),
Mr. Michael Chu (Director of Marketing, South China Morning Post),
Mr. Lawrence Jang (Advertising Director – North Asia, New York Times Global), and
Ms. Dorothy Wong (Marketing Director, One Media Group).
All voted in favor of re-electing Mr. David E. Smith (Regional Director, Advertising and Sponsorship, The Economist) as Chairman for the fourth year in a row, Mr. Simon Chu (Director of Operations, Financial Times) 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 for the fourth year and sincerely thank all board members for their support. I would also like to welcome our new board members who I am confident will inject new energy into the organization.
At SOPA we remain committed to addressing and sharing the best publishing practices in our industry. In 2014, we will continue to have industry events and will continue actively recruiting new members to bring in more new ideas and better 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 in the New Year”, said Mr. David E. Smith.
SOPA Executive Board 2014 welcomed other re-elected board members including Ms. Desiree Au (Publisher, TimeOut Hong Kong), Ms. Charlotte Lee (Regional Circulation Director, of The Wall Street Journal Asia), Ms. Anne Lim-Chaplain (Publisher and Managing Director, Hubert Burda Media Hong Kong Limited) and Ms. Jessica Triffitt (Group Sales Director, Haymarket)
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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