VII Photo’s CEO Stephen Mayes resigns

VII Photo’s director Stephen Mayes has resigned effective 30 May. Nick Papadopoulos, the agency’s international director, will serve as interim CEO until a successor is named, the agency has announced today.

“It’s very tough to leave this great, talented team, but I feel the need to pursue new creative projects that will combine my experience and passion in many different parts of the photographic world,” says Mayes in a press statement. “It’s been a privilege to work with the world’s greatest photojournalists for the past five years, and what I’ve learned from them has been invaluable and is instilled in me for a lifetime.”

Ron Haviv, one of VII’s founding members, comments: “Under Stephen’s leadership, VII has increased its global footprint and has significantly grown its network of award-winning photographers, whose work appears regularly in the world’s top news media, including Time, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Stern, The Sunday Times Magazine, GEO, The New Yorker and in exhibitions worldwide.”

He adds: “Stephen has been instrumental in executing strategies that have taken VII to the next level. With Nick serving as the interim CEO, we are well positioned during the transition to continue moving forward. We thank Stephen for his enormous contributions to VII and wish him much success.”

The agency’s interim CEO is based in Paris and spearheads its sales efforts worldwide, including the US and the Americas. Before joining VII in 2005, he served as the editor of Time Asia’s award-winning website.


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