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PA announce new CEO

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Richard Mollet, currently Director of Public Affairs at the BPI, the body representing the UK recorded music business, is today appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of The Publishers Association.  

Richard Mollet has been at the BPI since March 2006, responsible for representing the industry during a critical time of change, not the least with the development of the Digital Economy Bill.  He has long experience in public affairs consultancy for major agencies such as Fleishman-Hillard, Edelman and Ludgate and has specialised in the creative industries. 

President of The Publishers Association and CEO of HarperCollins UK and International, Victoria Barnsley, said:  “At a time of huge change for the publishing industry, Richard brings a wealth of relevant experience and is already a familiar face in Westminster and Brussels.   The years ahead will require all his considerable talent and application to successfully represent the interests of the £5 billion a year publishing industry as revenues continue to migrate from physical to digital, a challenge facing so many creative industries.”

Richard Mollet said:  “I am delighted and excited to be taking up the post of Chief Executive of The Publishers Association.  The publishing sector is not only a vital part of Britain's creative economy, but a key player in our education and research communities as well. 

"As developments in the digital world throw up challenges and opportunities, I look forward to working with the PA membership in developing its services and communicating its views to government, media and the wider world."