IFRRO members elect new Board 2019–2022

img_8453_0.jpgIFRRO's Presidency ©Michael Healy

At its Annual General Meeting 2019 in Edinburgh, IFRRO members elected a new Board for the term 2019 – 2022. The following were elected:

President: Yngve Slettholm, Kopinor, Norway
First Vice-President: Dora Makwinja, COSOMA, Malawi
Second Vice-President: Tracey Armstrong, Copyright Clearance Center, United States

RRO Directors: Sandra Chastanet, CFC, France; Samantha Holman, ICLA, Ireland; Robert Staats, VG WORT, Germany
RRO Substitute Directors: Javier Diaz de Olarte, CEDRO, Spain; Anders Kristian Rasch, Copydan, Denmark
Director, Creator Associations: Morten Visby, EWC, Belgium
Director, Publisher Associations: Sarah Faulder, PLS, UK
Substitute Director, Creator Associations: Anke Schierholz, EVA, Belgium
Substitute Director, Publisher Associations: Eefke Smit, STM, Netherlands 

"IFRRO has achieved an outstanding position as a trustworthy defender of copyright and its members’ interests," said President-Elect Slettholm. “Together, with the Board and Secretariat, I will strive to further develop the organization to reinforce its success while also keeping an eye on sustainability and the environmental effects of our work.”

“I have had the opportunity to appreciate the challenges that RROs in developing and least developed countries, particularly in Africa, are facing,” said First Vice-President-Elect, Makwinja. “I look forward to assisting these RROs through sharing of best practices among others with the ultimate aim of benefitting authors and publishers through effective licensing of their works.”

“This IFRRO election comes at a time of great change in what is a dynamic information-sharing environment with an increasing emphasis on copyright and licensing,” said Second Vice-President-Elect, Armstrong. “It’s also a time of considerable pressure on rightsholders, their interests, and their livelihoods. Against this backdrop, the importance of IFRRO and its mission has never been greater.”