The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) announces today the appointment of John Barnes, Managing Director, 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 the 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 at 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 the AOP with vigour and enthusiasm. I also know his involvement will be of benefit to both the 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.”
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Further information from:
Lee Baker, Director AOP 020 7400 7568 / lee.baker@ukaop.org.uk
Lorette Nettar, PR for AOP, 07968 521 684 – lorette.nettar@ukaop.org.uk

About AOP
‘Helping media owners build better digital businesses’

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 now in its ninth 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, held in June; and the AOP Digital Publishing Summit scheduled to be held on 14 October 2011 at Westminster Bridge Park Plaza, London. http://www.ukaop.org.uk/summit.

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

About Incisive Media
Incisive Media is a leading global provider of specialist business news and information, in print, in person and online. The company’s principal markets include financial services, legal and accounting services, marketing services, technology and risk management. Incisive Media's market-leading brands include Accountancy Age, Search Engine Strategies, Computeractive, Investment Week, Legal Week, Post, Risk and V3.co.uk.

Published on: 12:24PM on 10th October 2011