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Board leadership transition at ATypI

Gerry Leonidas, president of the board of directors of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) since 2017, has resigned his position due to personal reasons related to his health. In related news, Carolina Laudon has been elected as a vice president of the board.

Gerry Leonidas, president of the board of directors of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), has resigned his position effective April 7, 2020. Gerry, who has been involved with ATypI in various capacities since 1997, is stepping down for personal reasons related to his health. His term was due to expire in September 2020.

Currently a professor of typography at the University of Reading, Gerry has been working in our field since 1986. A respected expert on typeface design, typography, and typographic education, he began teaching at the university in 1998, and now supervises PhDs, leads a range of Masters programs, and runs the TDi summer course.

For more than twenty years, Gerry has been an engaged contributor to the ATypI community. He first appeared on an ATypI stage during the organization’s 1997 conference in Reading, presenting on “Typography and the Greek language: designing in a cultural context.” Gerry became a loyal member, volunteer, and regular speaker, then joined the ATypI board in 2004. He served until 2010, then took a short break from board duties. He was re-elected to the board in 2013, serving as vice president for four years. In 2017, Gerry was elected president of the ATypI board of directors at ATypI Montréal.

Since taking on the role of board president, Gerry has worked diligently to help move ATypI forward and broaden its global reach. One of his major initiatives was reviving the ATypI Working Seminars, a series of intimate, focused events developed in collaboration with academic partners and volunteers around the world. Since the rebirth of the program in 2019, there have been successful Working Seminars in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Puebla, Mexico, and Amiens, France.

In addition to his work with ATypI, Gerry has been involved with countless organizations and events in the typographic sphere, including the Institute for the Study of Typography and Visual Communication (ISTVC) and Granshan. He has published extensively on type and design, with his written work appearing in academic journals, books, and design publications such as Eye, Slanted, and Computer Arts UK.

Gerry has been a friend, a teacher, a mentor, and a generous partner to so many of us. Although he is leaving the board, his hard work and his ideas will continue to inspire the ATypI team. We wish Gerry all the best as he takes time to focus on his health and his family. We are hopeful that he will grace the ATypI stage once more when life permits.

In other changes

The ATypI board elected Carolina Laudon to the position of second vice president on April 1, 2020. The ATypI membership elected Carolina to the board of directors at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. A type designer and educator, Carolina is the ATypI country delegate for Sweden. She has served as a dedicated volunteer since 2017, working as part of the operations team in support of ATypI’s conferences in Montréal, Antwerp, and Tokyo, as well as working throughout the year on promotions. She serves as the social media lead for the organization and is the local committee chair for the upcoming ATypI conference in Stockholm.

Carolina will share vice-presidential duties with Jean-Baptiste Levée, who has served as VP since 2017. Jean-Baptiste also chairs the ATypI Paris conference local committee. Carolina and Jean-Baptiste are part of ATypI’s steering committee, which also includes board officers Simon Daniels (treasurer) and Jason Pamental (secretary) and Tamye Riggs, executive director of ATypI.

Operations and management of the association will proceed as normal with the existing board and staff.

If you have questions or comments, or if you would like to get involved with ATypI, please email secretariat@atypi.org.