Legal eagle appointed as PPA's new boss

The Periodical Publishers Association has appointed a new chief executive.

Jonathan Shephard, a barrister who is currently chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, will join PPA on 1 April.

Shephard previously worked in the magazines sector managing financial research at Which? He was also managing director of the Newhall Group, and of Southern Magazines. He has been shortlisted as PPA Publisher of the year in both consumer and business categories.

Commenting on his appointment, Shephard said: ‘I am delighted to be returning to the magazine publishing industry at this exciting time in its development.

Technological innovation offers enormous opportunities which magazines – based on their strong brands and relationship of trust with readers – are uniquely placed to seize and develop.

The next few years will be packed with interest, and PPA will, as always, do its utmost to support a vibrant and diverse industry.”

Shephard replaces Ian Locks who is leaving the PPA after 19 years as chief executive.

Locks will continue to work with the PPA as a consultant, leading the planning and organising of the 2009 FIPP World Magazine Congress which will be held in London.  

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