Cutters’ EP Duncan elected AICE Board co-president

Craig Duncan, new AICE co-president

AICE’S unprecedented election of co-presidents Cutters Craig Duncan and Poetica-New York’s Rachelle Madden of the eight chapter international organization represents the increasing complexities of the techno postproduction industry and finding ways to resolve those challenges.

AICE is the first trade to elect co-presidents and Duncan is the second Chicago post executive elected AICE International Board president.  Optimus’ Tom Duff was president 2009-20011 and original Optimus owner Jimmy Smyth was one of AICE’s founders.

Duncan, Cutters’ EP/partner and Madden, New York-based Poetica’s managing director will assume their joint office Jan. 1, 2014.  They succeed Clayton Hemmert, Crew Cuts New York owner/editor.

Currently, Duncan and Madden are, respectively, Board vice president and treasurer.

They are “great choices and huge assets to AICE,” Hemmert says. “They’re committed to our industry and fully aware of the critical issues facing not just our members, but everyone who’s involved in the creation, production and distribution of ad content.”

In announcing the election, AICE executive director Burke Moody comments on the vital issues challenging the post industry as a whole that the new co-presidents and Board will be navigating.  They range from challenging business practices to budgetary concerns, to the ongoing challenges of file-based workflows.

Duncan sees AICE’s continuing mission as “highlighting and promoting the amazing contributions our members make to the advertising industry, so it will be aware of everything that goes into the many different kinds of services we provide.”

Duncan, named a Cutters partner in September, joined Cutters in 2010 after a year as the late Red Car Chicago’s managing director and a dozen years at Detroit’s Postique and Griot post companies.

Rachelle Madden, AICE co-presidentMadden, who’s been with Poetica, the visual effects and design arm of jumP Editorial, for a year, previously held a variety of EP positions at Trollback + Company, Company X and Endless Noise.  She started her career in post at RhinoFX, now Gravity.

Co-presidency will help expedite AICE issues

“I think one of the big advantages of having co-presidents is that AICE will always have someone available to deal with issues that arise in a timely manner,” Duncan says about his new role.

“I expect Rachelle and I will collaborate on the vast majority of the responsibilities of the office.  We have a great working relationship, having served together on the Board for several years.”

Adds Madden: “A co-presidency lets us keep up with the demands of a more active association. It gives us the flexibility to set and maintain a wider agenda.  In recent years we’ve ramped up our membership advocacy on a wide range of issues and the Board is actively pursuing a more aggressive stance in general.”

Newly elected Board officers are vice president Bob Spector, editor, Beast Editorial; secretary Kristin Redman, EP, Hudson Editorial, Detroit and treasurer Ray Forzley, COO/CFO of Section Eight, Toronto (parent company of Panic & Bob, Notch, axyz and Crush).

Click here for current AICE International Board members.

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