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Kevin Hand named new PPA chairman

Kevin Hand

Kevin Hand, a former CEO of Emap and Hachette UK, is to become the new chairman of the Professional Publishers Association (PPA).

Hand, a special adviser to Heart Magazines UK and chairman of Dods plc, will take up the role at the PPA Chairman's Reception on 6 February 2012.

He succeeds Charles Reed, the group managing director of William Reed Business Media.

Hand said: "I look forward to working with PPA chief executive Barry McIlheney and his team in leading and serving this fantastic industry, which I am proud to have been a part of for the last 30 years."

Reed added: "It has been a privilege to have been PPA chairman for the last two years.

"While many challenges remain, I am confident that the PPA is in very good shape to meet these challenges and opportunities going forward."

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