In a pivotal moment for the American publishing industry, Youngsuk "YS" Chi, the esteemed chairman of Elsevier and director of corporate affairs for the RELX Group, has been elected as the chair of the board for the Association of American Publishers (AAP) for the 2024-2025 term.
A New Chapter Unfolds
With an illustrious career spanning decades in the publishing realm, Chi's election marks a significant turning point for the AAP. His extensive experience in global publishing and policy, along with his deep-rooted commitment to upholding core American values, positions him uniquely to lead the industry through its current challenges and towards fostering societal development.
A Seasoned Voice in the Publishing World
Chi's journey in the publishing industry is nothing short of remarkable. Having served on the AAP Board since 2007, he previously held the position of board chair from 2016 to 2017. His reputation as a respected leader in the industry is well-earned, and his election to the chairmanship is a testament to his tireless dedication and unwavering commitment.
Steering Through Challenges
As Chi assumes his new role, he succeeds Julia Reidhead, the outgoing chair who led the AAP through significant challenges and legal victories, including cases against book bans and the Internet Archive. Maria Pallante, AAP president and CEO, expressed her confidence in Chi's leadership abilities during this critical time for the publishing industry.
Brian Murray of HarperCollins Publishers has been elected vice chair, and Jeremy North of Taylor & Francis has been reelected as treasurer. Together, this new leadership team will navigate the complex landscape of the publishing industry, working towards upholding the principles of free expression, intellectual property rights, and access to information.
As the American publishing industry stands at the precipice of change, it looks to leaders like Youngsuk "YS" Chi to guide it through the challenges that lie ahead. With his wealth of experience and unwavering commitment to the values that underpin the industry, Chi is poised to lead the AAP into a new era of growth and prosperity.
In the ever-evolving world of publishing, the story of human ingenuity, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge continues to unfold. And as we turn the page to this new chapter, we are reminded of the power of words and the importance of those who bring them to life.
The torch has been passed, and the industry looks to Chi to lead the way, to uphold the core values that have shaped it, and to guide it towards a future where the written word remains a beacon of knowledge, a catalyst for change, and a testament to the indomitable human spirit.