It is a great honor to be appointed editor of L&L, following in the footsteps of Andy Thomas and Mike Fairley as only the third in the magazine’s 39-year history.
I am equally delighted that both Andy and Mike – unquestionably the label sector’s two leading commentators – will continue to be heavily involved in their respective new roles of strategic director and strategic consultant. Andy will write for L&L as much as ever, while Mike will begin a new regular column from issue 3.
I’m also pleased to announce three new contributors. Danielle Jerschefske, previously our North America editor, will write a regular column on environmental sustainability. Danielle, now business development manager at US converter Outlook Group, has a wealth of expertise in this area. Additional regional coverage will be provided by new correspondents: Keren Becerra of Latin American magazine Label Pack, and Gill Loubser of South African magazine Packaging & Print Media. Both have extensive experience in the industry and will provide our readers with on-the-ground coverage from these important markets.
These are exciting times for L&L: we will widen our contributor network still further in the coming months, and our redesigned website will shortly be launched.
Finally, a huge thank you to Andy Thomas – my boss and mentor – who was L&L editor for the best part of two decades. It is thanks to his guidance and support during my 11 years with the magazine that I am writing these words.