The Society of Publishers in Asia elects Coconuts Media CEO Byron Perry as new Chairman and announces 2021 Board / 亞洲出版業協會推選Coconuts Media行政總裁Byron Perry為新任主席並公佈2021年度董事會成員名單
Hong Kong, January 19, 2021 – The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), a Hong Kong-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to pursuing excellence in journalism, has announced the election of Byron Perry, the founder and CEO of Coconuts Media, as its new Chairman at its 38th Annual General Meeting.
Perry, based in Singapore, is the first SOPA Chairperson to be based outside of Hong Kong. He will aim to drive more regional membership and presence for the organization in Southeast Asia.
“I am honored to be the new Chairman of SOPA and look forward to helping promote quality and best-practices in journalism and a thriving media industry across Asia,” said Mr. Perry. “I also look forward to working with SOPA’s Board and members to achieve our goals for the coming year, including organizing successful awards and driving membership growth.”
Other new appointments include Jasper Chung of The New York Times as the new Honorary Treasurer, Christine Wong of Bloomberg Media as Honorary Secretary. Newly-elected board members include Ling Sze Gan of Thomson Reuters and Jean Locufier of the Financial Times. An executive to be determined from Dow Jones will also serve on the 2021 board. The full list of SOPA’s 2021-2022 Board can be found below.
In addition, the list of Editorial Committee members helping to oversee the SOPA 2021 Awards can be found here. The Editorial Committee is led by Madeleine Lim, Senior Executive Editor, Asia Pacific Bloomberg News.
SOPA highlights during the past year include:
The SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence presented 91 awards for outstanding journalism at its annual ceremony and was livestreamed for the first time since it was established in 1999. It received over 750 entries across 17 wide ranging categories.
SOPA continued to deliver in-depth panel sessions and discussions through a series of Media Insider webinars, focusing on exclusive interviews with the winners of the SOPA 2020 Editorial Awards. This included winning entries in the Excellence in Business Reporting category and journalists who explored South East Asian Stories and Collaborative Journalism.
SOPA’s 2021-2022 Board comprises:
Chair: Mr. Byron Perry (Founder & CEO, Coconuts Media)
Honorary Treasurer: Mr. Jasper Chung (Head of Corporate Development, APAC, The New York Times)
Honorary Secretary: Ms. Christine Wong (Bloomberg Media)
Desiree Au (Publisher, Vogue Hong Kong)
Barrett Bingley (Director, Media Sales, North Asia and Asia Initiatives The Economist Group)
Ling Sze Gan (Vice President, Head of Sales & Revenue of Editorial Content & Data Solutions, Thomson Reuters)
Adrian Lee (SVP, Group Marketing & Events, South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd)
Jean Locufier (Regional Head of Customer Success, Asia Pacific, Financial Times)
The SOPA 2021 Editorial Awards has begun their call for submissions. Deadline is Thursday Feb 25, 2021. More info can be found at www.sopawards.com.
The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) is a Hong Kong based not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1982 to champion freedom of the press, promote excellence in journalism and endorse best practices for all local and regional publishing platforms in the Asia Pacific region.
Today, SOPA is the voice of Asia’s media and publishing industry, and continues to work to uphold media standards and freedoms while celebrating and supporting professional journalism and publishing. The SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence are the annual, flagship awards, serving as a regional benchmark for quality, professional journalism.
Ms. Peggy Wong, SOPA Secretariat Tel: +852 5182-8323 Email: [email protected]
亞洲出版業協會推選Coconuts Media行政總裁Byron Perry為新任主席並公佈2021年度董事會成員名單
香港 – 2021年1月19日 – 亞洲出版業協會（「SOPA」）在第38屆週年大會上宣佈Coconuts Media創辦人兼行政總裁Byron Perry當選為協會的新任主席。SOPA乃香港非牟利組織，致力提升亞太區新聞報導水準。
董事會成員變動如下：《紐約時報》的Jasper Chung將出任義務司庫；彭博的Christine Wong將出任義務秘書；新加入的董事會成員包括湯森路透的Ling Sze Gan及《金融時報》的Jean Locufier。SOPA 2021-2022年董事會名單詳載於文末。
主席：Byron Perry（Coconuts Media創辦人兼行政總裁）
Ling Sze Gan（湯森路透副總裁兼編採及數據方案銷售及收入主管）
亞洲出版業協會（The Society of Publishers in Asia ，「SOPA」）乃香港非牟利團體，成立於1982年，旨在維護新聞自由、表揚亞太區傑出新聞工作以及推廣本地及地區出版界的最佳實踐。