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Monday, April 30, 2018

IPTC Names Brendan Quinn as New Managing Director, Celebrates the Service of Michael Steidl

As well as being Director of Information Management at the AP, I'm also Chairman of the Board of the IPTC, the standards body for the international news and media industry. The IPTC sets technology standards used around the world, including photo metadatavideo metadataand machine readable rights. We also develop technical approaches to the challenges facing the news media, such as identifying junk news, leveraging automation and coping with the impact of GDPR. Together with the other members of the IPTC - including ReutersAFPDPA and the New York Times - I help organize face-to-face meetings and numerous teleconferences so that we can work together and learn about interesting new projects from vendors and academics.
The Managing Director is the sole employee of the IPTC, helping to organize the work, manage the finances and recruit new membership. For the last 15 years, Michael Steidl has held this role. When Michael announced his plan to retire in the summer of 2018, I organized and ran the effort to find and recruit a successor. We talked to many candidates, several of whom were highly qualified. The Board did not take the decision lightly. In the end, we made an offer to Brendan Quinn - and we are thrilled he has accepted. Brendan brings with him a wealth of news technology experience, with organizations from around the world and of all sizes. He even worked at the Associated Press on AP's Video Hub. He has a unique combination of strategic insight into the challenges faced by the news industry and the technical know-how to help guide our work in technical standards and beyond. I look forward to partnering with Brendan in charting the future of the organization and to grow the work and influence of the IPTC.

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