By: Robert U. Brown
JOHANN FRITZ OF Vienna, who will be the new director of the International Press Institute, was introduced to members of the IPI American Committee at a dinner in Baltimore during the annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors last week.
Fritz, who will observe his 53rd birthday April 15, will take over the reins of IPI from Peter Galliner at the conclusion of the Institute’s general assembly in Venice, Italy, May 9-12. Galliner has served IPI as director for 17 years. (E&P, May 30, 1992, P. 16).
The dinner was hosted by David Laventhal, president of Times Mirror Co. and publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who is scheduled to become chairman of IPI at the Venice meeting.
Fritz, who studied at the University of Vienna 1958-61, attended the School of Applied Social Sciences, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, in 1961, and then the University for Economics in Vienna, 1962-64.
From 1975 to 1991, he was the managing director of the Austrian daily newspaper Die Presse. He was managing director of Kabel TV Wien from 1975-83.
At that time, he also served as a board member and a vice-president of the Association of Austrian Newspaper Publishers. He has served as a board member of IFRA, the Association for Newspaper and Media Technology, and on the board of the Austrian News Agency.
He has been active in FIEJ, the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers, as a board member 1990-91 and as chairman of the New Media/Electronic Media Committee. He has also served as chairman of the Public Policy Committee of IPTC, the International Press Telecommunications Council in London, and as a board member and a vice president.
When Fritz takes over as IPI director, its secretariat will be moved to Vienna from London where it was operated under Galliner. Its financial headquarters will continue to operate in Zurich. IPI has 2,000 media members in 68 countries.
Its general assembly is planned for South Africa in 1994 and for Seoul, Korea, in 1995.