INCOMING ABM CHAIRMAN VOICES OPTIMISM
FOR INDUSTRY, NEW ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP
AUSTIN, TX, May 3, 2011 - American Business Media voted to approve the 2011-2012 Executive Committee of the Board of Directors during the association's Annual Conference, held May 1-4. The following officers will begin their terms on July 1 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year:
Chair: William Pollak, President/CEO, ALM
Vice Chair: Jeffry Lapin, President, Farm Progress Companies
Treasurer: Anthea Stratigos, CEO, Outsell, Inc.
Secretary: Neal Vitale, President/CEO, 1105 Media, Inc.
Past Chair: Charles McCurdy, Chairman/CEO, Apprise Media, LLC
Having completed their three-year terms, two members left the board - F. Michael Reilly, president/CEO of Randall-Reilly Publishing Company, and Hugh Roome, president of Scholastic International, whose 12-year service on the board included the position of chairman in 2005-2006.
In his first address as ABM's incoming chairman, Pollak said that the business media and information industry has weathered a difficult period, "but there is a growing sense of optimism now as the economy stabilizes and businesses are clearly beginning to look forward."
He added that new leadership of the association is well poised to lead ABM "on a new path just as we are emerging from these tough times." The newly-elected Executive Committee will work closely with an expanded ABM staff led by President/CEO Clark Pettit, who joined ABM last year and hired three vice presidents within the past six weeks. "With a new business plan and senior management team in place, ABM is 100% focused on helping its members meet the challenges of transforming and expanding their business models," Pollak said.
The following media members comprise ABM's board of directors for 2011-2012:
Frank Anton, CEO, Hanley Wood, LLC
Robert Biolchini, President/CEO, PennWell Corporation
James Casella, President/CEO, Asset International
Gary Fitzgerald, Chairman/CEO, Meister Media Worldwide
J. Roger Friedman, President, Lebhar-Friedman, Inc.
Glenn Goldberg, President, Information & Media, The McGraw-Hill Companies
Andrew Goodenough, President/CEO, Summit Business Media
Rex Hammock, President, Hammock Publishing, Inc.
Jeffrey Killeen, Chairman & CEO, GlobalSpec
Jeffry Lapin, President, Farm Progress Companies
Douglas Manoni, CEO, SourceMedia
Charles McCurdy, Chairman/CEO, Canon Communications LLC
Marion Minor, CEO, M2MEDIA360
William Morrow, EVP, Operations, Crain Communications Inc.
William Pollak, President/CEO, ALM
Sharon Rowlands, CEO, Penton Media Inc.
Scott Schulman, President, Dow Jones Corporate Markets Group
Sam Sebastian, Director, B-to-B & Local Markets, Google, Inc.
Anthea Stratigos, CEO, Outsell Inc.
Neal Vitale, CEO, 1105 Media, Inc.
Peggy Walker, President/COO, Vance Publishing Corp.
Steve Weitzner, CEO/Chairman, Ziff Davis Enterprise Inc.
Founded in 1906, American Business Media is positioned at the center of the global b-to-b ecosystem. As the only association focused on the integrated b-to-b media model - which includes print publications, events, digital media and business information - ABM delivers intelligence to industry professionals worldwide, including Madison Avenue, Wall Street and the Beltway. ABM's 200-plus member companies reach an audience of more than 100 million professionals and represent nearly 6,000 print and online titles and over 1,000 trade shows, with well over $20 billion in annual revenues. For more information, visit www.AmericanBusinessMedia.com.
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American Business Media