Setzer, Bodour, Confirmed at Frankfurt for IPA Leadership

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In its general assembly seated at Frankfurt, the 65-nation, 76-organization International Publishers Association has confirmed Mexico’s Hugo Setzer and the UAE’s Bodour Al Qasimi to the new leadership cycle beginning January 1.

International Publishers Association leadership members following the 2018 general assembly votes in Frankfurt are, from left, secretary general José Borghino; incoming vice president Bodour Al Qasimi; outgoing president Michiel Kolman; and incoming president Hugo Setzer. Image: IPA

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘The Diversity of Our Organization’
The International Publishers Association (IPA)—in its general assembly seated Thursday (October 11) in Germany during the organization’s traditional Frankfurter Buchmesse statutory sessions—conducted a series of leadership elections, timed to take effect on January 1.

Chief among them were the confirmations of two well-known figures in the association, who had been nominated to become the organization’s new president and vice president.

As expected, the current vice president, Hugo Setzer, CEO of Mexico City’s publishing house Manual Moderno, was confirmed to succeed the outgoing president, Amsterdam-based Michiel Kolman, a senior vice president with Elsevier.

Read more about Setzer from Publishing Perspectives here.

And the UAE’s Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi of Sharjah—the publisher of children’s and young people’s literature who is CEO of the Kalimat Group and founder of the Emirates Publishers Association—was confirmed as the organization’s vice president.

Read more about Bodour from Publishing Perspectives here.

In a prepared statement, Kolman was quoted, saying, “The election of Hugo Setzer and Bodour Al Qasimi as president and vice president of the IPA is great news for the future of IPA.

“These are two people from different regions with great experience of the industry as publishers and within national, regional, and international associations. Their commitment to IPA’s pillar, the freedom to publish and copyright, have been proven again and again. ”

Kolman also touched on the gender representation in the organization’s helm, something that hasn’t been particularly well balanced for many years. The IPA has had only one female president in more than 50 years: Ana Maria Cabanellas, who was vice president and then president of the association between 2004 and 2008.

“It’s important that IPA’s leaders will now be gender balanced and show off the diversity of our organization,” Kolman said.

And, based on the usual process followed by the organization, Bodour’s election to the vice presidency puts her in line to succeed Setzer in two years’ time

For his part, Setzer, said, “We work to make a better world by bringing the creations of countless authors to as many readers as possible.

“We entertain, we educate, we bring curated scientific information to those who need it. It’s my mission to make sure that IPA brings that message to policy makers worldwide.”

And Bodour said, “I have never been more hopeful about our industry than I am today and what can be achieve together with IPA member support tomorrow.

“There are emerging industry issues that need to be addressed, freedom to publish injustices that deserve our collective attention, and publishers requiring our support to uphold their intellectual property rights.

“I look forward to discussing how we can work together to move the IPA and the publishing industry forward.”

More elections were part of the IPA’s statutory meetings and conferences during Frankfurter Buchmesse, and we’ll be reporting on them in the days to come.

Of special note to Frankfurt trade visitors this week is the news that Gvantsa Jobava, international manager for Tbilisi’s Intelekti publishing and the publishing program director of the fair’s Georgia Guest of Honor program, has been elected, along with several others, to the IPA’s executive committee.

Read more from Publishing Perspectives about Jobava here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.