It is with great sadness that we share the news with IFABC members of the passing of our valued colleague, and previous IFABC Executive Board Member and President, Mr Jerry Wright on Saturday June 6, 2020.
Jerry was the CEO of ABC UK for over 7 years where he propelled an auditing approach that responded to the industry’s shift towards digital publishing.
Jerry was the Global President of IFABC for four years. He was elected President on Octoer 13th, 2010 at the 24th IFABC General Assembly in Seoul, Korea and re-elected on October 25th 2012 at the 25th IFABC GA in Madrid, Spain before stepping down on November 6th 2014 at the 26th GA in rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was instrumental in moving the IFABC forward to a broader remit, embracing digital and other platforms. He fostered the organisation’s evolution and name change from focused on print circulation to be The International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Certification.
Jerry Wright’s legacy remains with us, he is duly remembered, and his loss mourned by the IFABC fraternity.
The IFABC constitution requires the GA to happen in 2020. There are important matters to decide, including the election of the next Executive Board, approvals, appointments and resolutions.
Given the current global health restrictions in place, it has been decided to proceed with a virtual General Assembly to be executed at the same timing as originally planned.
The Executive Board have agreed to hold a virtual General Assembly on Friday, 9th October 2020 at 12 noon UK time either through Google meet or through Zoom video conferencing. Designated format to be confirmed at a later date.
We apologize in advance for the odd hours that some of you may have to endure to participate. In order for this arrangement to work we will need to be concise so that we execute the assembly in less than two hours.
We want to ensure participation and voting for all members. We will keep you updated as plans are confirmed.
Various documentation required for the General Assembly will be provided as required.
The new Executive Board will reschedule an in-person General Assembly when the global situation permits in Vienna, Austria. Current best estimate of timing is the second quarter of 2021, but this may change.
As we have more details, we will keep you informed, but feel free to reach out to any of us at the Executive Board with questions or suggestions.
We wish you all good health and that we all can quickly overcome the current challenges.