Sue Malden has stepped down as board chair of FOCAL International, realscreen has confirmed.
Malden has served as chair of the trade association for more than a decade, taking over the posting from the late Jane Mercer in 2006. FOCAL International represents stock footage companies, post-production facilities and individuals involved in the usage of archival footage.
The long-time industry veteran brought a wealth of footage archive experience to the position, having previously spent more than 20 years at the BBC, serving as head of BBC Broadcast Archives, and then head of marketing for BBC Information and Archives, and finally as corporate affairs manager for BBC Information and Archives.
Malden served on the FOCAL executive committee over a 10 year period prior to being named chair of the organization.
FOCAL’s director of outreach Madeline Bates and director of operations Mary Egan will jointly continue to manage and develop the organization going forward. Malden, meanwhile, will continue her involvement with FOCAL as a member of the events and exhibition and training committees.
“FOCAL would like to extend our gratitude to Sue for her significant contribution, guiding support and promotion of FOCAL over the years. We wish her the very best of luck in the future,” the association’s executive board said in a statement.
“It has been a privilege and delight to be chair of FOCAL International for the past 15 years or so,” commented Malden. “I am certain that Mary and Madeline will be terrific at taking FOCAL forward. I see this time as a natural moment to pass the baton. I’d like to thank the board and FOCAL members for all their support and contribution to FOCAL International over these years.”