Manager of International Content Acquisition, Digital Group, Barnes & Noble.com
Patricia Arancibia is in charge of the acquisition of international digital content at Barnes & Noble, where she manages the relations with international corporations, publishers, and governmental agencies. Patricia was previously the Merchandising Manager in charge of eBooks, Nonfiction Books, and Libros en español at B&N.com, where she launched the eBooks Store and Libros en español online. She grew up in Buenos Aires, where she earned a degree in Communication Sciences and a Masters in Journalism, and went from reporter to senior editor in newspapers, magazines, TV, and websites. In New York, Patricia received a masters in Publishing at NYU, and became a book, ecommerce & digital business person.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Copyright Clearance Center. With over 20 years experience in rights management and with CCC, she has led the transformation of the company’s global copyright licensing solutions to meet the needs of today’s digital publishing world, distributing over $1 billion to rightsholders.
Director, Digital Business Development, John Wiley & Sons
Peter Balis is responsible for the account management, sales, distribution and business development of digital content for Wiley, which includes ebooks, enhanced products and mobile applications. Additionally, he is the co-chair of the AAP’s Digital Issues Working Group and teaches an advanced seminar at NYU’s Graduate Publishing Program.
Director of Identifier Services, Bowker
Beat Barblan serves as Director of Identifier Services at RR Bowker. He is responsible for such identifier asset management and discoverability solutions as ISBN, ISTC, ISNI and DOI. Bowker is a business unit of ProQuest. Mr. Barblan joined Bowker in 2007 as Product Manager for the company’s Supply Chain business, overseeing new development and maintenance for Pubnet and PubEasy, the publishing industry’s premier electronic ordering tools, and PubEasySchool, the new Bowker K12 product. Prior to joining Bowker, Mr. Barblan was Sr. Product Manager at Wolters Kluwer / Ovid where he helped launch the OvidSP platform.
Director of Sales & Marketing, Sourcebooks
As Director of Sales & Marketing for Sourcebooks – one of the America’s fastest growing and most innovative publishing companies – Chris is focused on empowering the sales and marketing teams to create explosive growth, unprecedented opportunities, and an unmatched level of creativity. Prior to joining Sourcebooks, Chris served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cumberland House Publishing (now an imprint of Sourcebooks) and as Director of Mass Market Sales for B&H Publishing Group. Chris lives in Yorkville, IL with his wife Stacie and their two sons, Joshua and Sam.
Matteoʼs digital career spans 15 years, during which he has conceived, built and launched several successful companies and services both online and on mobile. Prior to Anobii, Matteo was CEO and founder of Livestation, the leading service for live TV news online and the first company in the world to stream live TV on iPhones. Matteo started his career by launching the first online property system in Europe in 1995.
Principal, A.T. Kearney
Giovanni Bonfanti has been working for A.T. Kearney since 1998 and is a Principal in the Milan office.
Overall, he has 15 years of professional experience with international organizations from several industries, such as retail and consumer goods. He is an expert in the publishing sector, with a focus on innovation and operations issues. He has deep expertise across different functional practices: innovation, supply chain, restructuring and organizational design among others.
Publishers Lunch and PublishersMarketplace.com
Michael Cader is the creator of Publishers Lunch, the largest-circulation book publishing industry publication in the world, and its companion website PublishersMarketplace.com, which offers comprehensive news, databases, tools and more for book publishing professionals. For 15 years he created and produced over 300 books through his book packaging company, Cader Books.
General Manager, Trade Books Division, Mondadori Group
Riccardo Cavallero has been the General Manager of the Mondadori Group’s Trade Books Division since January 2010. He joined Mondadori in 1995 as Marketing Director for books and two years later was appointed General Manager of the Group’s Grijalbo publishing house and, in 2000, Director of Mondadori Books. The following year the Random House Mondadori joint-venture was established for which Cavallero was appointed Managing Director, initially based in New York and then, from 2004, in Barcelona.
Santiago de la Mora
Director, Print Content Partnerships Europe, Middle East and AfricaGoogle
Santiago de la Mora is the Director of Print Content Partnerships for Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa and as such he and his team manage Google’s relationships with large and strategic partners in the book publishing industry as well as those with newspaper and magazine publishers. Mr. de la Mora joined Google in early 2006 when the Google Books roll out in Europe was ramping up. Prior to Google, he spent 6 years in content production and sales on behalf of newspapers and magazines, operating out of Spain. He also has banking experience having worked at Société Générale in their International Risk and Investment Banking divisions. Mr. de la Mora holds an MBA from INSEAD as well as a B.A. in Political Science from Yale and a M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford.
Marco Ferrario spent 16 years at Mondadori as an executive in charge of computer publishing, new media and some book publishing houses owned by the group. In 2008 Marco started up bookrepublic, the largest independent ebookstore in Italy with 40,000 books and a multilanguage native digital imprint.
Peter S. Fritz
Literary Agent, Paul & Peter Fritz AG, Zurich
The Fritz Agency has over 40 years’ experience licensing translation rights to German language publishers on behalf of agents and publishers in the English speaking world. While it continues to focus on the role of foreign rights agency, it is gradually expanding its services as a full service author agency, representing German language writers domestically and internationally.
VP of Publishing Services, RR Bowker
Kelly Gallagher serves as VP of Publishing Services at RR Bowker. In this role he manages the implementation of a host of Bowker business intelligence services, including the PubTrack consumer research panel reaching over 40,000 ‘e’ and ‘p’ book consumers. For the past year, he has been leading a team of researchers on a three-year initiative for the Book Industry Study Group to study consumer attitudes toward e-devices and digital content. This long-term trended study looks at consumer purchases on a quarterly basis as it seeks to understand the rate and shift to digital content. In addition to managing the consumer research panel, he oversees sales data collection and analytics tools for the higher education and religious book markets for Bowker. Beyond his role at Bowker, Kelly also serves as Research Chair for the BISG.
Chairman of Trident Media Group
After 24 years at the William Morris Agency, Gottlieb started Trident Media Group, LLC in September 2000 where he now serves as Chairman. Robert Gottlieb presently represents many best-selling authors. He has consulted with the Vatican and the Russian Cultural Ministry in connection with intellectual property rights. He attends the London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair each year with his team of foreign rights agents and oversees the foreign rights department as well at Trident.
Mr. Gottlieb built his stellar reputation by being the first and the most effective literary agent to brand authors. He works across all genres, in both fiction and non-fiction. His successes over the years include international bestselling authors Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz and Janet Evanovich. He continues to grow his list of authors which currently include international bestselling authors Deepak Chopra, Catherine Coulter, Elizabeth George, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kat Martin, Mary Alice Monroe, and Karen Robards
VP, eBooks, Barnes & Noble
Jim Hilt is the Vice President of eBooks for Barnes & Noble and is responsible for overall sales, marketing, strategy and operation for ebooks. He is a passionate believer that the combination of digital and physical books, along with the ability to buy and read them anywhere you want, is the future of reading.
Jim’s career has encompassed a series of early-stage entrepreneurial ventures within large companies: Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, he was the head of Product, User Experience and design for Sears Holdings, the parent of Sears and Kmart. In addition, he has held roles in business development, technology and marketing at SAP and IBM.
VP, Digital Content, Barnes & Noble
Managing Director and CFO, S. Fischer Verlag
After having studied Economics, Michael Justus (born 1962) worked as an editor and, later on, for more than 10 years as Managing Director of Business & Economics, Publisher Schäffer-Poeschel in Stuttgart. Additionally, he became MD of Humanities Publisher J.B. Metzler in 2002. Since 2008 he is MD and CFO of Trade Publisher S. Fischer in Frankfurt.
VP, Director of Global RightsJohn Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Kris Kliemann, Vice President and Director of Global Rights at John Wiley and Sons Inc, oversees Wiley’s Rights, Licensing and Permissions departments. Her team consists of more than 40 people, located in the U.S., England, Germany, Singapore, and Beijing, and is responsible for rights marketing, negotiation, deals and contracts across Wiley’sdiverse portfolio of businesses worldwide. Prior to Wiley, Kris held positions at Random House, Hyperion/Disney, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt and HBJ. Hermany years of experience includes a wide variety of deals over a wide range of fiction and non-fiction from the highly literary to commercial to scholarly.
Octavio Kulesz has a degree in Philosophy from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has been a professor in Ancient Philosophy at the same university. In 2000 at the age of 23, Octavio and his mathematician brother, Leopoldo, co-founded the independent project Libros del Zorzal. In 2007, Octavio started a new publishing house, Editorial Teseo, exclusively based on POD and focusing on Academics. From April 2007 to May 2008, Octavio Kulesz has chaired the International Young Publishing Entrepreneur (IYPE) Network.
Leader of International Business, Founder Apabi Technology, Ltd.
Joe Li is the Leader of International Business at Founder Apabi Technology, Ltd. An executive with 8 years of experience in digital publishing, his market reach extends to America, Europe, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hongkong. He lives in Beijing.
President and CEO, Record Publishing Group, Brazil
Economist, from a family of booksellers and publishers, joined the family company in 1974. Became President in 1989 with the retirement of founder Alfredo Machado. Since then, has acquired several other publishing houses in Brazil which now are part of the Record Publsihing Group, that consists of Editora Record, Bertrand Brasil, Editora BestSeller, Editora José Olympio, Editora Civilização Brasileira and Verus Editora. President of the Brazilian Publishers Association from 1994-1999. Awarded Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et de Lettres by the French Cultural Ministry in 1998.
Chief Operating Officer, Perseus Books Group
Joe is the Chief Operating Officer of Perseus Books Group, where he oversees the Company’s physical and digital operations and helps set and execute the company’s strategy. During Joe’s tenure, Perseus has emerged as the leading services provider to independent publishers, with more than 350 publishing clients across the company’s three business lines: Perseus Distribution, PGW and Consortium.Joe has been with Perseus since 2004, prior to which he held managing director and principal positions with Razorfish and Booz Allen respectively, where he helped media companies pursue transformational opportunities. Prior to that, Joe worked as an independent computer consultant.
Agent/Founder, MB Agencia Literaria
Director, Rogers, Coleridge and White Ltd.
David Miller was born in Edinburgh and educated in Canterbury and Cambridge. He joined Rogers, Coleridge & White in 1990, becoming a director in 1997. He served as Treasurer of the Association of Author’s Agents and, in 2008, was awarded the Orion Publishing Group Literary Agent of the Year Awards. He has been an advisor to the Literature Department of the British Council as well as the Creative Writing course at Edinburgh Napier University and is the author of a short novel, TODAY (Atlantic) published earlier this year. His clients include Nicola Barker, John Burnside, Nigel Farndale, Kirsty Gunn, Victoria Hislop, Magnus Mills, Cynthia Ozick, Tim Parks and Kate Summerscale.
VP, Global Kindle Content Acquisition
David Naggar joined Amazon.com in Spring 2009 as Vice President, Kindle Content. He oversees the team whose goal is to increase the selection of titles in all languages available in Amazon’s Kindle stores by working with publishers and content owners worldwide. Before joining Amazon, Naggar was with Random House for 16 years, most recently serving as President of one of the company’s US divisions and holding various senior executive positions in sales and direct marketing within Random House and Bertelsmann in the US and France prior to that.
President, Nielsen Book
Jonathan Nowell is President of the Nielsen Book, a subsidiary of Nielsen. Nielsen Book is the leading provider of product information, ecommerce and measurement analytics to the Book industry globally and operates under the BookData, BookNet and BookScan brands.
Jonathan also chairs the Book Industry Communication (BIC) operations board in the UK and is a board director of BISG (Book Industry Study Group) in the US. Jonathan has worked in the book and broader publishing industry for most of his career.
Publisher and CEO, Faber and Faber Ltd.
Stephen Page began his career in bookselling before moving into publishing. In 1994 he joined Fourth Estate, becoming Managing Director in 2000. In 2001 he joined Faber as CEO and in 2006 Faber was named Publisher of the Year followed by Indpendent Publisher of the Year in 2011. He has been President of the Publishers’ Association and gave the keynote address for World Book Day in 2007. He frequently writes and speaks on industry issues, especially the effects of fast-moving technological developments on authors and publishing.
Global Managing Director of Sales & Marketing, Bloomsbury Publishing
Evan Schnittman is Managing Director Group Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. He splits his time equally between Bloomsbury’s London and New York offices and is in charge of all sales, marketing, publicity, rights and technology across Bloomsbury’s group companies.
Evan is widely known in the industry as a thought leader – and is widely sought out to speak and write on the key issues facing content companies in a digital world.
Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company
Mike Shatzkin is the Founder & CEO of The Idea Logical Company and a widely-acknowledged thought leader about digital change in the book publishing industry. In his nearly 50 years in publishing, he has played almost all the roles: bookseller, author, agent, production director, sales and marketing director, and, for the past 30 years, consultant. His insights about how the industry functions and how it accommodates digital change form the basis of all of the company’s consulting efforts.
EVP, Content, Sales and Merchandising, Kobo Inc.
At Kobo Michael is responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across all of Kobo’s web and mobile services. He co-founded Canada’s first online bookstore Bookshelf.ca, which was purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998, where he served as vice president of online operations. Most recently, Michael was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada, where he launched the national sales reporting service BNC SalesData and authored the publishing technology call-to-arms, “Six Projects That Could Change Publishing for the Better.”
Michael has a Masters in Business Administration from University of Western Ontario.