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Chris Chapman of ACMA to become IIC President when Fabio Colasanti’s term comes to an end.

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Chapman to succeed Colasanti as IIC President

The International Institute for Communications has elected Chris Chapman as its new president. Chapman, Chairman and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority for the last decade, is a seasoned media and communications executive and has been on the board of the IIC since 2014.

He succeeds Fabio Colasanti, whose second term ends next March.

Colasanti, who has been president since 2010, said, “it has been a great honour to serve as the IIC president over the last five years, a time of unprecedented change in our industry”. In his time as president, Colasanti’s expertise, gained during a long career in the European Commission, was regarded as key to the extension of the IIC’s reach into Eastern Europe and South America.

IIC Director General, Andrea Millwood Hargrave, welcoming the appointment, said “The whole board wants to express their thanks to Fabio for his committed and sustained contribution. We’re delighted to have someone of Chris’ international standing to step up as president. He is hugely respected across the industry, and I’m looking forward to working with him in bringing the IIC message and brand to an increasingly diverse global audience.”

Chapman is the first IIC president to come from the Asia Pacific region in its 46 year history, a reflection of that region’s growing importance, with advances particularly noted in technical innovation, manufacturing capability and policy development.

Speaking after the conclusion of the IIC’s most recent Telecommunications and Media Forum in Johannesburg, Chapman said: “Having worked with the IIC for a number of years now, I well understand the unique role that it fulfils. As the industry becomes more globalized, and the legislative and regulatory challenges become greater, the importance of the IIC as an independent platform for knowledge and debate is only going to increase. It’s vital that the IIC influence extends as broadly as possible, and particularly into the Asia Pacific region, something I’m absolutely committed to achieving”.

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