"My election as President of Distripress is probably a sign of recognition of the growing importance of the Middle East and some other regions of the world in an industry traditionally dominated by its players in Europe and North America. Many countries in these regions show a healthy development even in the field of the 'classical' printed press products but are at this moment less involved in international cooperation and distribution." APN spoke to Tony Jashanmal, Director of the Jashanmal Group in the United Arab Emirates and the first ever president from the Middle East of Distripress, the largest organisation of companies involved in distribution of print media internationally. More
For the first time in its 54-year history, the Zurich-based Distripress has elected a President from the Middle East. Tony Jashanmal, Director of the Jashanmal Group headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, was voted as the president for a three-year term. The elections were held as part of the Annual Distripress Convention in Istanbul. More
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