Donald Kummerfeld, past MPA, FIPP head, 78, dies
July 11, 2012 - Donald Kummerfeld, former head of both MPA and FIPP, died July 4 in Jersey City, N.J., at the age of 78. Kummerfeld was one of the longest-tenured presidents in MPA history, noted the association, serving as president and CEO from 1987 to 1999. He also directed FIPP, the worldwide magazine media association, serving as president and CEO from 2001 to 2009.
“Don’s passion for magazines and his strong leadership helped guide the industry through 12 productive years,” said Nina Link, MPA’s president and CEO, in a release. “The industry remembers him not only for his focus on advertising research and promotion and the development of the MPA annual retail conference, but also for his focus on the unique challenges facing smaller publishing companies.”
Kummerfeld’s extensive background in publishing includes founding the Government Research Corporation, serving as publisher of the National Journal, and leading Rupert Murdoch’s News America Publishing as president and COO. His career jumpstarted in the 1960s when he served as a staff officer in the Executive Office of the President under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
Kummerfeld is survived by his wife, Beth; daughter, Tia; and grandson, Alexander.
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By Elizabeth Reid