Dainik Bhaskar’s Pawan Agarwal is INMA South Asia Division President

The International News Media Association (INMA) has confirmed 13 executives to its governing Board of Directors for terms taking effect June 1, 2020. The election and confirmation of Board members were made during INMA’s Annual Business Meeting, which was held virtually via Zoom.

Elected to Board terms are:

Marcelo Benez, Executive Commercial Director, Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil

John Boynton, CEO, Torstar, Canada

Carsten Erdmann, Editor-in-Chief Digital, Funke Media, Germany

Frederic Kachar, CEO, Infoglobo, Brazil

Frank Mahlberg, Managing Director Bild Media Group, Axel Springer, Germany

Martha Ortiz, Chief Editor, El Colombiano, Colombia

Pam Siddall, Co-President, Advance Local, United States

Rika Swart, CEO, Media24 Newspapers, South Africa

Anthony Tan, Deputy CEO, Singapore Press Holdings

Also at the Annual Business Meeting, INMA division boards notified members of presidential appointments. Division boards look after the interests of INMA members in their regions, creating events and meet-ups to serve regional needs. Division board presidents serve on the INMA Board of Directors. These include:

Latin America Division: Luis García, CEO and General Manager, Los Andes/Grupo Clarín, Argentina

North America Division: Ann Poe, Senior Director of Digital Consumer Revenue, Advance Local, United States

South Asia Division: Pawan Agarwal, Deputy Managing Director, Dainik Bhaskar, India

Meanwhile, the chair of a new Young Professionals Committee will be elevated to the INMA Board of Directors. The committee chair for the next year is Katharina Neubert, Director - Membership Strategy of Business Insider. The committee governs a Young Professionals Initiative for INMA, set up to engage rising stars of news media companies under the age of 30.

During the Annual Business Meeting, INMA President Damian Eales of News Corp Australia recognised six executives departing the Board. They include:

Brooke Christofferson, formerly of Gannett, as North America Division President

Kirk Davis, formerly of Gatehouse Media

Michael Doorly, formerly of Independent News & Media

Griet Ducatteeuw, formerly of Mediahuis

Pit Gottschalk of Pit’ch and Sport1

Rajiv Verma, formerly of HT Media, as South Asia Division President

Eales praised their service to INMA and made a special commendation for Gottschalk, who served nine years on the INMA Board of Directors, a rarity in the association’s 90-year history.

The Board of Directors is the governing fiduciary body of INMA and meets at least monthly via video to discuss, guide, and approve association matters.

The International News Media Association is a global community of market-leading news media companies, reinventing how they engage audiences and grow revenue in a multi-platform environment. The INMA community consists of more than 12,000 members at 800+ news media companies in 70 countries. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, INMA is the news media industry’s foremost ideas-sharing network with members connected via conferences, reports, Webinars, virtual meetings, and an unparalleled archive of best practices.


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