Miami (May 24, 2023) - The president of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Michael Greenspon, announced today that the organization is beginning a transition in its executive leadership following the announcement by its current executive director, Ricardo Trotti, of his plan to retire after 31 years of service.
"We have been fortunate to have Ricardo's leadership for so long," said Michael Greenspon, global director of Licensing and Print Innovation of The New York Times, United States. "Ricardo has played an instrumental role in our activities and projects, especially on behalf of our mission to defend and promote press freedom and freedom of expression which are cornerstones of democracy."
Greenspon added, "Ricardo's vision has helped the IAPA manage essential projects such as the fight against violence and impunity in crimes against journalists." That same vision, he said, has allowed all the organization's partners, from the legacy media to the smallest or from within countries, to feel accompanied in the pursuit of their objectives.
Greenspon will lead the transition with Gabriela Vivanco, publisher of Ecuador's La Hora, president of the IAPA Executive Committee, and a subcommittee with other authorities.
Trotti began his tenure as executive director in January 2015. Previously, since joining the organization more than 30 years ago, in early 1993, he has held various positions, including director of Press Freedom and the Press Institute.
Greenspon announced and thanked that Trotti would remain executive director through the end of 2023 to assist in the hiring and training process for whoever succeeds him.
"One cannot easily let go of an organization so valuable to freedom," said Trotti, who looks forward to continuing to contribute to the organization's cause from other perspectives. "I am very grateful and feel privileged to have accompanied and learned in this organization, whose most valuable heritage lies in the conviction of its authorities and members that there can be no democracy without press freedom, independent journalism, and sustainable media."
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IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and promoting freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It comprises more than 1,300 publications from the western hemisphere; and is based in Miami, Florida, United States.