Xavier Bouckaert nominated President of EMMA

Laura Rutkowski

The Board of the European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) has nominated Xavier Bouckaert, CEO of Roularta Media Group (Belgium), as President of EMMA.

Boukaert has been the Chairman of EMMA’s Corporate Advisory Group and an EMMA Board Member for the past four years.

In response to his nomination, Bouckaert said: “EMMA’s mission is crucial for the future of a free, independent, diverse and vibrant press sector across Europe. I am looking forward to fully supporting EMMA’s mission and making the voice of over 15,000 magazine publishers represented by EMMA heard loud and clear on matters such as copyright, e-privacy and VAT for the digital press.”

Stephan Scherzer, Vice-President of EMMA and CEO of the Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ), welcomed the appointment of Bouckaert: “It is an honour for EMMA to have Xavier Bouckaert as President. Xavier is a driver of change and innovation in his own media company and has a deep knowledge of European politics. He will be a strong advocate for the interests of magazine publishers in Brussels.”

Bouckaert takes over from the former EMMA President Auke Visser, who served for three years. Visser is the former CEO of Sanoma Men’s Magazines in the Netherlands.

The EMMA Board thanked Visser for guiding EMMA successfully through organisational changes and for maintaining the strong voice of Europe’s magazine publishers through European institutions.

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