Mark Kelsey receives top award
RBI’s Global Chief Executive Mark Kelsey has been named as the 2012 recipient of the Marcus Morris Award, the highest accolade in consumer and business publishing.
Mark is the 23rd recipient of the prestigious award, which was established by the PPA and the National Magazine Company (now Hearst Magazines UK) in 1990 in honour of the Reverend Marcus Morris OBE, founder of Eagle comic in 1950.
Mark was presented with a citation, a silver trophy in the shape of the Eagle comic emblem and and an honorarium of £1000, which he donated to the Reed Elsevier Cares charity fund.
Mark said: "This award is a real recognition of the hard work of all RBI staff, especially over the past few years, as have made significant changes to our business."
The award was presented by the PPA at a ceremony attended by more than 100 senior UK publishing figures, including the RBI board, in London earlier this week
Previous winners include Dame Helen Alexander, Sir David Arculus, Felix Dennis, and Lord Heseltine.
Mark has worked for RBI for 30 years and was appointed to the company’s board in 1992 as Managing Director of Estates Gazette. He pioneered the launch of paid-for data services, starting with EGi in 1996 and was also behind the launch of Totaljobs.com in 2000. He was appointed CEO of RBI UK in 2008 and in 2010 became Global CEO.
PPA Chief Executive Barry McIlheney said: “I am delighted to be able to honour Mark Kelsey with this year’s Marcus Morris Award. This award recognises the outstanding achievements of publishing’s leaders and pioneers, and Mark can certainly be counted among that number for his work in successfully steering RBI through such times of great change in our industry.”
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