Napier is shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Donal McDonald, publisher of several influential electronics titles including Electronics Components World and Electronics Production World. Donal died of a massive stroke while preparing for the APEX show in San Diego in February.

Donal was a familiar presence at all our industry’s major events. He began his career working in the family media company in Ireland before forming his own business and expanding to offer Pan-European coverage with a global perspective. He was one of the first publishers to fully embrace the digital age, spotting its potential early on and offering his publications as an App before that became a general practice.

His many business acquaintances were proud to call him friend as well professional colleague. Known for his generosity, kindness and charm, as well as his business acumen, Donal will be remembered for his inclusive spirit – he always invited everyone to the party.

Away from business, Donal loved martial arts and poker. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, and our thoughts are with his partner, Ann, and children Dan and Leah.

If you didn’t know Donal, read his obituary on ECW.

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