Donald Kummerfeld, Former President and CEO of International Federation of Periodical Press (FIPP) passed away on July 12, 2012. Also known as Don, Kummerfeld had been a longtime magazine media advocate.
According to media reports, Don had become ill while gardening in intense heat and breathed his last in a hospital emergency room in Jersey City.
Don was appointed President of FIPP in May 2001 and President and CEO in June 2004. Prior to this position, he was Chairman of Kummerfeld Associates, a consulting and investment banking firm in New York, which he founded in 1985. From 1987 to 1999, he had served as President and CEO of the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA), the US trade association for consumer magazines.
In addition to his MPA tenure, Don’s publishing experience included President of News America Publishing, a diversified communications company, whose publications included the New York Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Boston Herald, the San Antonio Express News, New York Magazine and the Village Voice. He was also founding partner of the Government Research Corporation, publisher of the Washington-based news weekly National Journal.
Don was also actively involved in public service. In 1961, he became a staff officer in the Executive Office of the President in Washington DC under President Kennedy and Johnson. During the fiscal crisis of New York City in 1976-78, he served as Budget Director and First Deputy Mayor of the City.
Don was also Chairman of the Foundation for Support of the United Nations, and a Director of the Sequa Corporation, an NYSE-listed aerospace conglomerate, the International House, the Institute for Public Administration and the New School University.
He was also a Certified Association Executive and a Former Director of the New York Society of Association Executives. His favourite magazines included The Economist, The New Yorker, Newsweek and National Geographic.