News Corp Australia publishing chief operating officer Damian Eales has worked his way to the top of INMA, voted to a two-year term as the international group's president.
Executives from India, Asia and Australia were also among those elected to board terms. They include Sanjay Gupta (Jagran Prakashan), Chris Janz (Nine Sydney), Gary Liu (South China Morning Post) and Anthony Tan (Singapore Press Holdings).
Eales was one of 18 executives to INMA's board of directors at its annual business meeting in New York. He has worked across retail, financial services, and media industries - including one of Australia's leading retailers and leading banks - and joined News in 2013. He served as strategic partnerships director, group marketing director and managing director of metro and regional publishing, before assuming his current role in 2017. He serves on Australia's NewsMediaWorks board, and became an INMA director in 2014, spending the last two as vice president.
First vice president Maribel Perez Wadsworth, who is president of the USA Today Network and publisher of USA Today, is scheduled to succeed him as president in 2021, while second vice president Espen Egil Hansen (editor-in-chief and chief executive of Norway's Aftenposten) would typically follow her.
Also elected were treasurer Sandy Naudé (chief executive of African Community Media for Independent Media in Cape Town), and immediate past president Eduardo Garces (general manager of Bogota, Colombia-based El Espectador), following two years as president.
Twelve executives were elected to board terms: Alexandra Beverfjord (editor-in-chief and chief executive of Dagbladet, Oslo); Michael Doorly (chief executive of Independent News & Media, Dublin); Griet Ducatteeuw (publisher of De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad, Antwerp); Lotta Edling (editorial director of development, Bonnier News, Stockholm); Maria Eugenia Ferre Rangel (chairwoman of GFR Media, San Juan, Puerto Rico); Sanjay Gupta (chief executive of Jagran Prakashan, New Delhi); Chris Janz (publishing managing director at Nine, Sydney); Debby Krenek (publisher, Newsday Media Group, Melville, New York); Gary Liu (chief executive of the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong); Rika Swart (chief executive of Media24 Print Media, South Africa); Anthony Tan (deputy chief executive of Singapore Press Holdings); and Suzi Watford (executive vice president and chief marketing officer, the Wall Street Journal, New York).
Gerold Riedmann, managing director of Austria-based Russmedia, joined the INMA board recently as the association's Europe division president.
Departing the INMA board after many years of service are Ross McPherson (McPherson Media Group, Shepparton, Australia), Mark Challinor (Media Futures, London), Paulo Mira (PHD Mobi, Miami), Changhee Park (JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea), and Chris Blaser (Las Vegas Review-Journal, USA). Olivier Bonsart (20 Minutes, Paris, France) and Greg Hywood (formerly Fairfax Media, Sydney) have left the INMA Board recently.
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