We're delighted to announce that Adam Graham, CEO of Weapon7, was last night appointed as the new chair of BIMA. Adam takes up the chairmanship as Justin Cooke steps down after four and a half years leading BIMA. Jen Topping, Business Manager at Soho Productions, Microsoft Studios, was also confirmed as Vice Chair.
The appointments were made at our Annual General Meeting, with Justin giving his final AGM presentation of BIMA’s successes in the past 12 months. His highlights included the launch of the digital ‘Hot 100’ at BAFTA in July and a significant increase in revenue, allowing for investment back into the sector.
Adam used his inaugural speech as chairman to thank Justin for his transformative time at the helm and to sketch out a future for BIMA that will build upon Justin's legacy, diversify the membership across the digital ecosystem and deliver value to members at all levels of the industry.
BIMA has been revitalised since Justin Cooke first became involved back in May 2009. I look forward to building on his legacy and further transforming the organisation in the years to come. Adam Graham, BIMA Chairman
BIMA's new chairman, Adam Graham, CEO of Weapon7.
I’m proud to be handing BIMA over to its new chairman at an all-time high for the organisation. I know that under Adam’s stewardship BIMA will go from strength to strength and I wish him all the best. Justin Cooke, former BIMA Chairman
In honour of his services to BIMA, Justin was appointed by the meeting into the newly created position of ‘BIMA Ambassador’, to continue his ties with the organisation and remain a figurehead of British digital. Nigel Vaz also takes up an Ambassador role and David Gamble will act as a Special Advisor to BIMA, while Chris Kempt, Be Kaler, Paul Bishop and John Horsley have resigned their positions on the Executive Committee.
Alongside the appointment of Adam as chair, the meeting also elected new members of the BIMA Executive Committee to fill the seats left vacant by Chris and co. An impressive line-up of candidates from across the industry stood for election, with seats won by:
• Keith Hunt – Managing Partner, Results International
• Kevinjohn Gallagher – Founder, PWB
• Sean King – CEO of Seven
• Shailen Joshi – Managing Partner, Head of Platforms and Partnerships, OgilvyOne
• Ian MacArthur – Founder and Director, Once We Were
• Lawrence Weber – Head of Digital, Karmarama
Standing for re-election and successfully appointed for another term were:
• Craig Le Grice – Chief Innovation Officer, Blue Rubicon
• Tiffany St James – Director, Stimulation
• Namuli Katumba – Account Manager, Six Degrees Group
• Gareth Jones – Global Brand & Marketing Director, LBi
The Annual General Meeting of BIMA was held in the offices of our members Seven in Clerkenwell.