Lisa MacLeod, Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar, elected Vice President of WAN-IFRA

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Lisa MacLeod, Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar is WAN-IFRA incoming vice president
Lisa MacLeod, Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar is WAN-IFRA incoming vice president

Lisa MacLeod , Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar Group, South Africa, was elected Vice-President of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers on 7 June 2018 during the 70th WAN-IFRA’s annual congress in Estoril, Portugal. Executives from leading news media companies were also elected to new terms on the Board of WAN-IFRA.

The election took place at the World News Media Congress, World Editors Forum and Women in News Summit in Estoril, Portugal. The event was attended by more than 800 publishers, editors, journalists, and other senior news executives from around the world. The new presidency of WAN-IFRA includes MacLeod, Michael Golden (President), Paul Verwilt (Mediahuis, Belgium), David Callaway (The Street, USA).

Lisa MacLeod, expressing her gratitude for being elected, said, “I am very honoured to be appointed to the board of WAN-IFRA, and grateful for the opportunity to serve this respected organisation at this time. The media industry is undergoing enormous change, primarily through digital transformation and the decline of print, and I hope to bring some of my experience in this area to WAN-IFRA, as an industry body that is trusted and relied on worldwide to lead and educate through such challenge.”

Tiso Blackstar Group , South Africa, is Africa’s largest English-language publisher, and owner of 8 newspapers, 15 websites, music, film and radio businesses. MacLeod is also the former General Manager of Digital for Media24’s 24.com; and a former Head of Operations for FT.com, and FT Managing Editor.

The election of Lisa MacLeod is a step towards WAN-IFRA’S new Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion, a plan to achieve gender balance in its operations and governance bodies by 2020.

Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of WAN-IFRA, commenting on the inception of the plan, said, “I am particularly pleased with the increased diversity we bring into the Board with the election of Lisa MacLeod, the first female Vice President ever in our organisation. Lisa MacLeod’s election is the first significant outcome of our Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion passed by our Board of directors during a previous meeting on December 2017. The election also takes place at a special time, as we celebrated the 70th anniversary of our association and presented in Estoril the most gender-balanced Congress in the history of the organsation. Our action plan goes deep into the organisation and the governance of WAN-IFRA. We have a lot more to achieve in the coming months.”

At the same meeting, seven other executives from leading news media companies were elected to new terms on the Board of WAN-IFRA. The new Board members of WAN-IFRA are:
Alexander Mitteräcker, Publisher of Der Standard (Austria)
Stoyana Georgieva, Founder and Editor in Chief of the online news site mediapool.bg (Bulgaria)
Juan Guillermo Amaya Salcedo, CEO, El Tiempo (Colombia)
Fatemah Farag, CEO Welad Elbalad Media (Egypt)
Shailesh Gupta, CEO Jagran Prakashan (India)
Karin Pettersson, Director Public Policy, Schibsted (Sweden)
Yildirim Demiroren, CEO, Demiroren Holding (Turkey)

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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