July 23, 2015 Last Updated 10:27 am

Active Interest Media CEO Andrew Clurman elected Chair of the IMAG Board of Directors

Laura Simkins, chief operating officer, AFAR Media, has been elected to serve as Vice Chair

The MPA today announced that Andrew Clurman, president and CEO at Active Interest Media, Inc., has been elected Chair of the IMAG Board of Directors. What is IMAG? That is the MPA’s community of independent publishers, created to represent the issues of concern to small to mid-sized magazine brands, as opposed to the big guys.


NEW YORK, NY – July 23, 2015 – Today, MPA – The Association of Magazine Media announced that Andrew Clurman, president and chief executive officer, Active Interest Media, Inc., has been elected to serve as Chair of the IMAG Board of Directors and Laura Simkins, chief operating officer, AFAR Media, has been elected to serve as Vice Chair, both for two-year terms. Bonnie Kintzer, president and chief executive officer, The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., has been elected as a new board member for a three-year term.

“Andy is the perfect choice to lead the IMAG board,” said Mary G. Berner, president and chief executive officer of MPA – The Association of Magazine Media. “He has been an IMAG board member for the past decade, and has dedicated his career to publishing some of the most popular enthusiast magazine media brands in the country. We welcome his smart, passionate and energetic leadership to the board.”

“I am honored to serve as chair of IMAG during what is—I firmly believe—the most exciting time for independent magazine media publishers,” said Clurman. “This forward-thinking group of executives shares a unique passion for innovation and a fierce commitment to their enthusiastic consumers. I look forward to working more closely with everyone in the IMAG community.”

The IMAG board of directors is comprised of 25 executives from the nation’s leading independent magazine media companies. The current board members are:

Andrew Clurman, IMAG Chair, President and CEO, Active Interest Media, Inc.
Laura Simkins, IMAG Vice Chair, Chief Operating Officer, AFAR Media
Michela O’Connor Abrams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dwell Media
Andrew Amill, Independent Publisher
Beth Fuchs Brenner, Chief Revenue Officer, Domino Media Group
Chuck Croft, President, Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Scott Dickey, Chief Executive Officer, TEN: The Enthusiast Network
Christian Dorbandt, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Scientific American
Pamela Dunaway, Publisher, Data Insights & Analytics Quarterly
Bradford W. Fayfield, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Storm Mountain Media
Stephen Giannetti, Chief Revenue Officer, Smithsonian Media
Patti Green, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Turnstile Media Group
Eric Hoffman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Hoffman Media, LLC
Donna Kessler, President, Morris Media Network, Morris Communications Company
Bonnie Kintzer, President and CEO, The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.
Joe Landry, Executive Vice President and Group Publisher, Here Media
David Lusterman, Publisher, String Letter Publishing
Jeff Paro, President and Chief Executive Officer, Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG)
Philip Penny, Chief Operating Officer, Belvoir Media Group LLC
Donald B. Peschke, Founder and CEO, August Home Publishing Company
Scott D. Schulman, President, Rodale Inc.
Ryan Shea, Publisher and Chief Operating Officer, Entrepreneur Media, Inc.
Jamie Trowbridge, President, Yankee Publishing, Inc.
Bryan Welch, Chief Executive Officer, B The Change Media
Elizabeth Tighe, Vice President, Marketing, MPA and IMAG Staff Liaison

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