Stephen Lotinga, Nick Clegg's former director of communications, has been appointed as The Publishers Association's new chief executive.
Lotinga replaces Richard Mollet on Monday 18th January, as Mollet moves on to the role of head of European government affairs at the RELX Group.
Lotinga is a communications specialist with experience in government, business and the public sector. He joins The PA from the parliamentary and health service ombudsman but was, until May 2015, director of communications to the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Before his service to the Liberal Democrat MP, Lotinga spent a number of years working in public affairs within large agencies.
PA president Joanna Prior said: “Stephen’s communications skills, combined with his inside track on the workings of government, will make him an effective advocate for our industry. He has a keen interest in our industry but at the same time will bring an outsider’s fresh perspective to our issues. I am delighted to welcome him to The PA and know he will, along with our existing excellent senior team, successfully steer our association in the coming years”.
Lotinga said: "It’s a great honour to be appointed as the new chief executive of The Publishers Association at a time when it’s in such good health. I very much look forward to building on that success for the benefit of our members and the whole industry. The Publishers Association has a vital role to play informing political and public debates on issues affecting the Industry. I can’t wait to start work with my new colleagues to make sure our voice continues to be heard.”
Publishers have previously praised Mollet for spearheading "unprecedented change" in the industry and given the Publishers Association "real energy and a sense of direction."