Sony’s Mike Kahn elected PMDA president


posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM EST

The board of the Photoimaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association has today announced its election of a new president: Mike Kahn, director of the Alpha camera business at Sony Electronics. Kahn succeeds Joellyn Gray, director of marketing at Fujifilm North America. He has over two decades of experience in the consumer electronics industry, most of them at Sony, where he's currently responsible for sales, marketing, and US-market product development for the company's interchangeable-lens Alpha camera line.

Imaging Resource publisher and editor-in-chief, Dave Etchells, welcomed the news, saying: "I've known Mike for a good few years now, and have always admired his steady, unflappable nature and unfailing good humor. He's a true industry veteran, yet somehow manages to show humor and aplomb where a lesser person would have only battle scars. The PMDA will be well-served with Mike at the helm. Congratulations to them and him both."

Founded in 1939, PMDA fosters communication and exchange of ideas between businesses in the photoimaging industry, and promotes photography to the general public. The PMDA board also elected three new vice presidents: Michelle Fernandez (director at Canon USA), Christine Moossmann (director of marketing at Sigma Corp.), and Jay Kelbley (senior marketing manager, digital imaging at Samsung Electronics). Gray will also continue to serve on the board.