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Incisive’s John Barnes announced as new AOP Chair

John BarnesAOP has announced the appointment of John Barnes, Managing Director of Digital & Tech at Incisive Media as the new AOP Chairman with immediate effect. John takes over the role from Tim Faircliff, General Manager of Consumer Media at Thomson Reuters, who stepped down in June this year after two years in the position. Lee Baker, Director of AOP comments: “We’re thrilled that John has agreed to take on the chairmanship of AOP.  John is an enthusiastic supporter of AOP, and is an executive board member as well as a previous chair of our B2B Committee. He is committed to AOP and has shown the vision and appetite to lead the organisation forward to meet its potential.” “The Chairman is a vital role of leadership for AOP. Tim Faircliff, our previous Chair, was crucial in establishing an independent AOP, and John has the skills and ideas to build on that platform to position AOP as the UK’s most influential publishing industry body.” John is responsible for the direction and delivery of Incisive Media’s digital strategy; he manages over 600 web sites within Incisive Media’s core market places in UK, US and Asia.  John joined Incisive in February 2007 following its acquisition of VNU Business Publications where he was Managing Director.  John started his career in editorial and has edited numerous weekly and monthly tech magazines, including Personal Computer World. John is a member of the BPA European advisory board and the Princes Trust Technology leadership group, and an Executive Board member of Incisive Media.  He launched his first website in 1992. Tim Weller, Founder and CEO of Incisive adds: “John is a visionary and has been at the forefront of the digital transformation for more than a decade.  I know he will lead AOP with vigour and enthusiasm. I also know his involvement will be of benefit to both AOP and Incisive Media.” John Barnes, new Chairman of AOP and Managing Director, Digital & Tech at Incisive Media, says: “The UK digital media industry leads the world in terms of innovation and creativity and it is a great privilege to be able to help shape its future through the AOP.  The proliferation of new devices, competing distribution channels, and constantly changing business models makes the industry exciting and dynamic, and the AOP is ideally placed to help UK online publishers seize these challenges to their advantage to build better digital businesses.”