The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) announces the appointment of Dominic Collins, Group Director of Trader Media Group, as the new AOP co-Chair to take up the role from October 2009, for one year, working with the current co-Chair Tim Faircliff, General Manager of Consumer Media at Thomson Reuters.

Alison Reay, Digital & Multi-Media Director Telegraph Media Group and current AOP co-Chair, who was appointed in October 2008, has completed her tenure and will formally hand over to Dominic at the AOP Summit on 7 October, 2009.

Alison Reay comments, “I’ve enjoyed co-chairing the AOP, in a fantastic but challenging year for all businesses, especially AOP members. We’re excited that Dominic has agreed to take up the co-Chair role alongside Tim; his business skills and experience are going to be useful assets to the association. The following year is going to be no less challenging, I’m sure, but I believe Tim and Dominic can steer a clear path on behalf of AOP.”

The joint chairmanship, introduced at the AOP Summit last year, allows greater rotation in the role of representatives drawn from newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and online only players, to truly reflect AOP’s diverse membership of the publishing industry.

Dominic, incoming co-Chair for AOP and Group Director of Trader Media Group, responsible for AutoTrader.co.uk, one of the most successful migrations from traditional media to digital globally, adds, “Trader Media Group strongly supports the AOP’s efforts for our industry. I am thrilled to be accepting the position of co-Chair for such an important and established industry body, helping the sector during such a pivotal point for our businesses.”

AutoTrader.co.uk is the world of cars made easy – from new and used cars to insurance and finance, along with advice and solutions to help reduce the cost of motoring.

Tim Faircliff, AOP co-Chairman and General Manager of Consumer Media at Thomson Reuters says, “I’m looking forward to working with Dominic as we tackle issues relevant to our members. It’s been a pleasure working with Alison, and on behalf of the AOP, I want to thank Alison for her resolute and inspired chairmanship through some of the toughest 12 months digital has experienced. She has provided reassurance, stimulation and enormous value to all member companies which Dominic and I will aim to continue.”

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Further information from:
Lorette Nettar, PR for AOP, 07968 521 684 – lorette.nettar@ukaop.org.uk
Note to Editors:

• AutoTrader.co.uk is the UK’s no 1 motoring website, with over 10.3 million monthly unique users, who carry out over 106 million searches on new and used vehicles*. The brand is building a competitive position across all effective channels including online, mobile and magazine. (*Source: Auto Trader Audit, January 2009).

• AutoTrader.co.uk is owned by Trader Media Group, one of Europe’s largest specialist multi-media groups and provider of market leading websites and their associated magazines, including Top Marques, Bike Trader, Truck & Plant Trader, Ad Trader, Motorhome and Caravan Trader, Farmers Trader – all with the largest reach in their sectors, through web visitors and magazine readership.

• Trader Media Group operates in the UK, Ireland, Italy and South Africa. The Group is looking to expand on its winning formula: giving trade customers the opportunity to choose all effective channels to market; building the service and relationship with dealers and manufacturers; and strengthening its portfolio of automotive and specialist classified titles.

• Trader Media Group is jointly owned by Guardian Media Group and Apax Partners

About AOP
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, lobbies 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 now in its seventh year. 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 which was held in June 2009, and the AOP Digital Publishing Summit which is scheduled for 7 October 2009.

AOP Members include AN Digital, Bauer Consumer Media, BBC, BBC Worldwide, BSkyB, CBS Interactive, Channel 4 New Media, Condé Nast Digital, Economist Group, Financial Times, Future Publishing, Global Radio, Guardian Media Group, Haymarket Media Group, Incisive Media, Independent New Ventures, IPC Media, ITV, The National Magazine Company, News International Ltd, PPA, Reed Business Information, Telegraph Media Group Ltd, Thomson Reuters, Trader Media, Trinity Mirror, TSL Education, Which? www.ukaop.org.uk

Published on: 5:00PM on 17th September 2009