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Passing of Jacques Saint-Cricq, first French President of Ifra in 1981

2021-08-27. It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Jacques Saint-Cricq. He joined Ifra’s Board of Directors in 1978 to succeed François-Régis Hutin (Ouest-France) and became its first French President in 1981.

Jacques Saint-Cricq, President Ifra (1981-1985)

by Vincent Peyrègne vincent.peyregne@wan-ifra.org | August 27, 2021

On behalf of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers, we extend the condolences of the entire global newspaper community to his family and colleagues.

He was part of the generation of editors, engineers by training, with a taste for international exchanges and a passion for information technology, who contributed to Ifra’s expansion. The association experienced an unprecedented period of expansion under his presidency, enlarging the facilities of its headquarters in Darmstadt and launching new activities in the field of digital media. Even today, WAN-IFRA remains indebted to the energy and vision of editors like Jacques Saint-Cricq” said Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of WAN-IFRA.

Jacques Saint-Cricq was part of a generation of media entrepreneurs, engineers by training, with a taste for international exchanges and a passion for information technology, who contributed to Ifra’s growth.

Ifra experienced an unprecedented period of expansion under his presidency, enlarging the facilities of its headquarters in Darmstadt and launching new activities in the field of new media. Even today, WAN-IFRA remains indebted to the energy and vision of news publishers like Jacques Saint-Cricq” added Peyrègne.

WAN-IFRA mourns the passing of a respected colleague, an astute leader, and a committed player in international cooperation to develop the world press. Our thoughts are with his family. Heartfelt condolences.

Jacques Saint-Cricq joined the Nouvelle République du Centre-Ouest in Tours (France) in 1967, became Technical Director in 1968, and Chairman of the Board in 1975. In 2004, he retired, and his son, Olivier Saint-Cricq, replaced him. Jacques Saint-Cricq then became Chairman of the Supervisory Board, a position he held until 2018. Jacques Saint-Cricq was the first French president of Ifra (Inca-Fiej Research Association) from 1981 to 1985. He was President (1988-97), Vice President (1997-2001), then Honorary President since 2001 of the French regional newspapers’ association (SPQR). Vice-president of the French Press National Federation, FNPF (1988-97), Director (1987-2002) then Vice-president (2002-20) of the Compagnie française des papiers de presse (CFPP), and Director of Agence France Presse (AFP) from 1978 to 1988.

Vincent Peyrègne

Vincent Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, he was Head of Development at Edipresse in Switzerland with responsibility for audience insights and editorial marketing research and product development, before joining the office of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as senior adviser to the Minister.

vincent.peyregne@wan-ifra.org

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