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McIlheney appointed new PPA CEO

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Barry McIlheney has been appointed CEO of PPA, effective from Monday, February 1. He succeeds Jonathan Shephard, who left the organisation in September last year.

McIlheney has worked in consumer publishing for 25 years, starting his career as Editor of Smash Hits at the height of that title's success in the late '80s. He went on to become Editor of Empire, and Managing Director of Emap Metro and Chief Executive of Emap Elan, responsible for brands such as Q, The Face, and Elle. He also launched FHM in France, and the men’s weekly Zoo in the UK and Australia.

"I am thrilled and honoured to be leading the PPA at such an exciting, dynamic time in media," said McIlheney. "I look forward to working with all PPA members and driving this great industry forward together."

Peter Phippen, Chairman of the PPA and Managing Director of BBC Magazines, added: “After a difficult period for the PPA, I’m excited that we are able to announce the appointment of Barry, who I am confident will rapidly restore the reputation of the PPA as one of the UK’s best trade associations.”

Group Managing Director of William Reed Business Media, Charles Reed, who will succeed Phippen as Chairman on February 1 said: "Barry has an outstanding track record in our industry, and I greatly look forward to working closely with him at the PPA."

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