22nd November 2012
Lee Baker has announced that he will be leaving the AOP after more than three successful years as Managing Director of the Association to pursue his own business interests. He will leave on November 30. Tim Faircliff, who has close links to the AOP, will act as interim director and lead the search for Lee’s successor.
During his tenure, Lee has helped establish the AOP as an independent legal entity (it was previously part of the PPA), a move that has delivered flexibility and greater responsiveness to its members’ needs.
He has also been instrumental in shaping UKOM, the industry standard measurement system, and developed the annual AOP awards, now in their 10th year, helping establish them as the Oscars of the digital publishing industry.
Lee has developed a successful year-round programme of AOP events and forums, culminating in the AOP’s annual flagship conference in October, which has become the highlight of the digital publishing calendar. In addition, he has overseen the development of the AOP’s research agenda, with its world-class analysis including the monthly Digital Landscape report, a digest of digital publishing news and research, and the monthly Digital Publishing Revenue Index (DPRI) a revenue benchmark study in association with Deloitte.
AOP chairman John Barnes said: “We’d like to thank Lee for his contribution over three years. He has developed many of the key attributes that have led the AOP to become firmly established as the voice of digital publishing. While we are sorry to see Lee leave, we are fortunate to have been able to secure Tim as interim director.”
Lee Baker said: “I’ve had an enormously enjoyable time at the AOP and would like to thank the team for all of their hard work and support.. The organisation has moved forward considerably during my time as director, and I feel happy that I am leaving it in good shape to face the future.”
If you would like to speak to the AOP about this press release, please call:
Sophy Buckley on 01980 590802 or email Sophy@mediacompass.co.uk
Eira Hayward on 01494 757008 or email Eira@mediacompass.co.uk
The UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP) is the industry body representing online publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content. AOP champions the interests of companies from newspaper and magazine publishing, TV and radio broadcasting, and pure online media. The AOP raises awareness, and addresses concerns relating to all areas of online publishing to industry and Government; covering topics such as paid-for-content, online subscription models, data protection, copyright, content management, new technologies and audience measurement. AOP publishes original research including the annual Census. It also hosts forums, conferences and events, where members can debate issues, meet peers and network.
The AOP hosts two annual flagship industry events, the AOP Digital Publishing Awards and the AOP Digital Publishing Summit.
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