Publishers Association of New Zealand announces Association Director appointment

The Council of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) today announced the appointment of Catriona Ferguson to the role of Association Director.

Catriona is currently the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council and was previously a Literary Advisor for Creative New Zealand. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Association, particularly in the areas of grants and funding – and equally a life-long passion for books, reading and outstanding creative content.

Announcing the appointment today, PANZ President Melanie Laville-Moore commented: “The Council is delighted that Catriona has accepted the Association Director’s role and we look forward to warmly welcoming her when she joins at the end of March.
 
“The Association fulfils a crucial role in advocating for the well-being of the New Zealand publishing industry and its member organisations. Catriona has a proven track record in administering industry bodies, and we’ve no doubt that under the stewardship of the PANZ Council, she will deliver on many important fronts”.
 
Catriona Ferguson commented: “I am thrilled to be taking up the position of Association Director with PANZ. The role offers a unique opportunity to join an energetic organisation operating in exciting times. I look forward to working closely with the PANZ Council and the wider membership on issues vital for the development of publishers and publishing”.

Catriona will be replacing publishing industry stalwart Anne de Lautour, who after almost 10 years of dedicated service will be stepping down from the Association Director role in early April.

“Anne has been pivotal in advancing PANZ to be a vibrant and effective organisation that it is recognised, both here and internationally, for the work it does,” said Laville-Moore. “She leaves behind an outstanding legacy for which all involved with the Association are very grateful.”

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For more information please contact
Melanie Laville-Moore, PANZ President