First Meeting of World Printers Forum Board

On 26 January 2015 the Board of the newly founded World Printers Forum (WPF) met for the first time at the German office of WAN-IFRA in Frankfurt am Main.

by WAN-IFRA Staff | January 29, 2015

The Board consists of 12 members, half of them representing publishing and printing companies, the other half representing materials and equipment suppliers.

Board members were nominated in November 2014 by WAN-IFRA and invited to the inaugural meeting in January 2015. The members represent different regions like South East and South Asia, the Nordic and Central European Countries as well as the United Kingdom.

Members of the WPF Board in alphabetic order are:

• Kasturi Balaji, Director, Kasturi & Sons (The Hindu), Chennai, India

• Dieter Betzmeier, Member of the Executive Board, Manroland Web Systems, Augsburg, Germany

• Dr. Michael Hirthammer, General Manager, Director Global Paste Technologies, Screen & Industrial, Sun Chemical, Karlstein am Main, Germany

• Thomas Isaksen, CEO, DDPFF Den Danske Presses, Faellesindkøbs-Forening, København, Denmark

• Herbert Kaiser, Project Manager & Senior Project Manager Engineering Newspaper Presses, Koenig & Bauer, Würzburg, Germany

• Jan Kasten, Managing Director, CTO, ppi Media GmbH, Hamburg, Germany

• Graham Macfarlane, Board Member, Felix Böttcher, Cologne, Germany

• Mohamed Hassan Mohamed Ali, Senior GM, Technical Services, Star Publications, Member of Asian Newspaper Printers, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

• Winfried Schaur, Senior Vice President, Newspaper Publishing, UPM, Augsburg, Germany

• Josef Schießl, Technical Director, Süddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck, Munich, Germany

• Peder Schumacher, President V-TAB, Chairman Nordic Offset Printers Association, Gothenburg, Sweden

• Dr. Rick Stunt, Group Paper Director, Daily Mail Group Media, London, United Kingdom

During its first meeting the Board discussed the WPF White Paper including the vision, mission and organisation of the print community within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. Also initial projects were discussed and decided on.

Kasturi Balaji (left), Rick StuntKasturi Balaji (left), Rick StuntThe Board unanimously elected Kasturi Balaji as its Chairperson and Rick Stunt as its Vice-Chair for the first term of two years. 

The full minutes will be available on the WPF website as soon as approved.

Manfred Werfel, WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO, Secretary of WPF

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