By James Wells

SYDNEY: Canon Australia consumer imaging products group – marketing manager, Stuart Poignand, has been appointed as the new president of the Photo Imaging Council of Australia (PICA).

Since joining the PICA board in 1988, Poignand has served in several roles including three years as treasurer from 2002 to 2005 and most recently as vice president since November 2005. believes one of the front-runners to replace Poignand as PICA vice president is former Retravision New South Wales CEO and current Kodak digital and film imaging systems general manager – Australia and New Zealand, Bryn Sharp.

"After 25 years in the photo imaging industry, I feel extremely proud to have been appointed to this leadership position with one of Australia’s premier industry bodies," said Poignand.

"PICA’s charter is to continue to grow the photo imaging industry. I’m incredibly fortunate to have been appointed president at a time when there is so much potential, not just for the industry, but for Australian photography as well.

"I look forward to working closely with the PICA board, our members, the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) and the wider photo imaging industry, to continue the great work we’ve all achieved in recent years," he said.

As president, Poignand’s role will include extensive involvement in PICA initiatives including government lobbying, compiling independent industry statistics and widely promoting Australia’s photo imaging industry.