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PANZ International Conference 2016 – Local Publishing, Global Thinking

By March 29, 2016March 30th, 2016No Comments

UPDATE: 30th March 2016

We are pleased to announce three further keynote speakers to the stellar line-up for the PANZ International Conference 2016.

The Conference Committee welcomes the participation of:

  • Jo Lusby, Managing Director of Penguin Random House (North Asia),
  • Justin Ractliffe , Managing Director: Marketing, Publicity & Australian Publishing at Hachette Australia
  • and Nicky Hager, author and investigative journalist

Jo Lusby joined the company that is now Penguin Random House (North Asia) in 2005, and has established offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul. She oversees local publishing in the English, Chinese, and Korean languages, as well as the sale of imported books from the US and UK from her base in Hong Kong. A prominent member of the China’s creative business community, Jo is a regular public speaker on a range of subjects including digital transformation, brand and marketing, and regulatory issues for media companies.

Justin Ractliffe started his career in publishing at Walker Books Australia and then Random House.  Justin’s final position at RHA before coming to Hachette Australia was Head of Digital Marketing. At HA he was Sales & Marketing Director for the Hodder & Headline division before becoming Marketing & Publicity Director for Hachette Australia when it restructured in late 2013. In September 2014 he was appointed Joint Managing Director with a specific brief to manage publicity, sales and local publishing. He is the author of the children’s picture book DADS: A Field Guide and has a Masters of Marketing degree from the University of New South Wales.

Nicky Hager, based in Wellington, has written six best-selling books. He divides his time between investigative writing and freelance feature writing. He has specialized in investigating hard-to-document subjects, such as military and intelligence agencies and public relations activities and the unseen sides of politics.

PANZ is delighted to confirm the following world-class key-note speakers at the PANZ International Conference 2016 – local publishing, global thinking: 

  • Diana Broccardo, Sales and Marketing Director at Profile Books
  • Businessman Paul Blackwell
  • Emma House, Director of Publisher Relations, The Publishers Association (UK);
  • Kathy Hurley, industry consultant, US
  • Briony Lewis, General Counsel, Legal, Contracts, Rights and Royalties for Penguin Random House APAC
  • Kelly Morton, Head of Digital Marketing at Hachette Australia
  • David O’Brien, Vice President, Schools Division, Cengage Australia.

What a line-up of national and international publishing talent!

Paul Blackwell has been involved in business in New Zealand since leaving school, and is currently a shareholder in Pak’n’Save Albany, the NZ Breakers basketball team, and P.Q. Blackwell Publishing.

Emma House runs the PA’s Boards on all aspects of publishing – Academic/STM, Education, Trade/Consumer and International. She also has responsibility for the PA anti-piracy enforcement campaigns in overseas territories and develops overseas business opportunities for UK publishers.

Kathy Hurley is the former EVP Pearson Foundation. She has over 40 years’ experience in traditional educational publishing and the Ed Tech sectors. Since retiring from Pearson Kathy has founded a global non-profit, Girls Thinking Global while continuing to consult in the Ed Tech sector.

Briony Lewis is an accomplished corporate lawyer with substantial commercial and legal experience gained within in-house and private practice environments. Her recent roles have been at the General Counsel level with extensive experience in dealing with a number of internal and external stakeholders across complex and regulated business environments.

Kelly Morton assumed her current role in 2014 and is a self-confessed Digital Nerd and Beatlemaniac.

David 0’Brien has 28 years’ experience in publishing.  He has responsibility for the strategic and business initiatives of the schools division as well as publishing and marketing and the sales functions for both primary and secondary in Australia.

The PANZ International Conference 2016 – local publishing, global thinking will be held on Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 128 Albert Street, Auckland.

REMINDER: We have secured rooms at a preferential rate for PANZ Conference delegations BUT there are a limited number of rooms available at this rate and the hotel will release the rooms if our delegates don’t require them.

Follow the link below to secure the conference rate of $195 a night for standard rooms at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Publishers Association of New Zealand

More speakers and the programme will be confirmed in the coming weeks.