Mackenzie new PA vice-president

Mackenzie new PA vice-president

Little, Brown chief executive and publisher Ursula Mackenzie has been appointed vice-president of the Publishers Association, outgoing president Victoria Barnsley announced at the PA Annual General Meeting yesterday [4th May].

Barnsley said the PA council had received a single nomination for the vice-president position, with Mackenzie duly elected by the PA members.

Pearson UK president Rod Bristow has stepped up to the role of PA president for the forthcoming year, with vice-president Simon Allen standing down from his position.

In her final address as president, Barnsley said it had been a year of "extreme change" for the industry, but she said: "I have been impressed by the collaborative effort of the PA over the past year". She also praised the "razor-sharp focus" of chief executive Richard Mollet, who was appointed to the role last October.

In his forward-looking address, Bristow stressed it was important the PA continues to "represent the broad spectrum of voices across our industry". He said that in the 30 years since he joined the industry, the upheavals had largely been "benign" but added "today we are in the midst of radical changes". He said the increase in digital innovation was a positive opportunity for the trade, enabling it to reach more customers and understand them better, but that digital changes also brought challenges in the form of new competitors and making piracy easier.

Other changes to the PA council saw John Donovan, European managing director for McGraw Hill Education, and Dominic Knight, executive director of Macmillan and m.d. of Palgrave Macmillan, joining the council until 2014. Annette Thomas, Macmillan c.e.o., and Sweet & Maxwell m.d. Peter Lake, have both stepped down from the council.

About 110 members attended the a.g.m., held at Hamilton House in central London.