Donald Kummerfeld, the longtime magazine media advocate and former president and CEO of the Magazine Publishers of America, has died at the age of 78.
Mr. Kummerfeld was one of the longest tenured presidents at MPA, holding the position from 1987 to 1999, representing the interests of domestic magazine media companies and traveling the world to promote the medium.
His dedication and passion for the business was evident, said Nina Link, president and CEO at the MPA. "The industry remembers him not only for his focus on advertising research and promotion and the development of the MPA annual retail conference, but also for his focus on the unique challenges facing smaller publishing companies," she said in a statement.
Following his time at MPA, Mr. Kummerfeld became president and CEO of FIPP, the worldwide magazine media association. Under his leadership, annual operating income grew from $400,000 to $1,316,000 while FIPP membership increased from 161 to 269 paying member companies and national associations in 68 countries.
When Mr. Kummerfeld retired from the business in 2009, Pierre Lamuniere, FIPP chairman, praised him for his work. "Don has been a great ambassador for the magazine industry, defending and promoting our interests with consistent passion and commitment."
Mr. Kummerfeld worked in public service much earlier in his career, serving as a staff officer in the Executive Office under presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He later moved to New York City to serve as budget director and first deputy mayor of New York City under Mayor Ed Koch.
Mr. Kummerfeld eventually made the transition to the media business, joining Rupert Murdoch's News America Publishing as president and chief operating officer. He was also a founding partner of the Government Research Corporation and publisher of the National Journal.
He held a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Stanford and a master's in government from Harvard. Mr. Kummerfeld is survived by his wife, Beth; daughter, Tia; and grandson, Alexander.