Annual Meeting 2023 - Speakers

Ken Brooks is the EVP of Supply Chain at Amplify Education, a K12 publisher of reading, science and math curricula products. He is also the president of Treadwell Media Group, a publishing and operations, technology and strategy consulting firm focused on the education and trade publishing sectors. Over the course of his career, Ken has founded digital services companies both in the US and abroad; a public domain publishing imprint; and a distribution-center based print-on-demand operation and has worked in trade, professional, higher education and K-12 publishing sectors. Prior to Amplify and Treadwell he was the Chief Content Officer for the Academic and Professional Learning division of Wiley, and the Chief Operating Officer of Macmillan Learning. Prior to Macmillan he has held senior positions at McGraw-Hill Education, Cengage Learning, Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster, and Random House. Ken is also the chairperson of the Book Industry Study Group’s Supply Chain Committee.

Krista Coulson is Senior Manager for Digital Publications and Metadata at the University of Chicago Press, where she directs the strategic development and expansion of the digital products program. She is chair of the BISG Workflow Committee and has been active with BISG since 2018. She is a member of Crossref’s Books Interest Group and has previously chaired the Association of University Presses Digital Publishing Committee. Krista began working with e-books pre-Kindle, in 2007, at the University of Wisconsin Press.

Cathy Felgar is Publishing Operations Director at Princeton University Press. She previously worked at Macmillan, Columbia University Press, HarperCollins, and Cambridge University Press in a variety of production and operations roles. Her current areas of focus are sustainability, accessibility, and global supply chain optimization.

Claire Holloway is Manager of Publisher Relations for OCLC and the chairperson of the Book Industry Study Group’s Metadata Committee. Before making a mid-life decision to turn her focus to the library space, Claire had worked in editorial and production roles at McGraw-Hill and Oxford University Press and was most recently the Metadata and Ebook Services manager for Baker & Taylor Publisher Services. Claire loves books of all genres (except thrillers), metadata of all flavors, and sharing information about both to anyone who wants to learn.

Gary Jones is a Partner at River Rock Advisors, a supply chain consulting firm that works with distributors and manufacturers to help them improve customer service, reduce operating cost and reduce capital investments. Gary has more than thirty years of experience helping companies in a variety of industries to improve demand planning, inventory planning and supply planning, as well as Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SIOP) processes.

Joe Karaganis is the director of Open Syllabus, a non-profit organization that maps the curriculum in higher education across millions of syllabi. He is also the editor of Shadow Libraries: Access to Knowledge in Global Higher Education (MIT 2018).

Kris Kliemann is President of Kliemann & Company LLC, an independent consultant advising companies on strategies for licensing intellectual property rights and permissions, with a goal of maximizing reach and revenue. Her clients have included a wide range of academic, children’s and trade publishing companies in the US, UK and Middle East. Prior to forming her consulting firm seven years ago, Kris was VP, Global Rights, with publisher Wiley Inc., where she led a large team of sales, marketing and operations members located in US, UK, and Asia. Before Wiley, Kris worked in a variety of publisher positions with responsibility for managing editorial, creative and marketing teams, in addition to rights. Kris is also the chairperson of the Book Industry Study Group’s Rights Committee.

Jens Klingelhöfer is CEO and Co-founder of Bookwire, a market-leading SaaS solution for distributing and marketing ebooks, digital audiobooks and print-on-demand products that serves more than 2,500 publishers worldwide, with offices in Frankfurt, London, Barcelona, Paris, Sao Paulo and New York. As a digital media entrepreneur, Jens is passionate about technology, culture, driving growth, building teams and enabling people and customers to grow. Since 2019 he has been a board member of the German publishing association. Prior to the founding of Bookwire, he was a media manager in the music industry for more than 10 years.

Dan Lubart is a Senior Business and Technology Consultant with 20 years of experience in IT strategy, operations, measurement and analytics, pricing, and sales strategy. Dan's work at Iobyte Solutions, the company he founded in 2000, focuses on large and mid-market clients and their use of data as a strategic asset. He has deep experience in the trade publishing industry, and also works with investment bank Oaklins Desilva+Phillips as a Senior Advisor on deals in technology, publishing and healthcare. Dan formerly led the strategy and publishing operations teams at Hachette Book Group, and also led the sales reporting and pricing strategy functions. Prior to that Dan held a similar role at HarperCollins.

Kevin Spall has served in various roles within the print, distribution, and publishing industry dating back to mechanical boards and film chemistry. Kevin rode the wave of technology through the industry while developing .pdf workflows, computer to plate technology, and digital printing. Kevin joined Scholastic in 2019 and serves as the Senior Vice-President of Manufacturing, Procurement, and Sustainability working with his colleagues to build a publishing production platform for the future. 

Lauren Stewart has focused her career on the business of writing and publishing in Canada. She is currently Director, Customer Relations, Conferences & Operations at BookNet Canada. Previously, she worked at a literary agency, several bookstores, a not-for-profit literary event series, and a professional writers’ association. Lauren lives and works in the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishnawbe, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat Indigenous Peoples, on the land now called Toronto. Pronouns: she/her

Fraser Tanner is CEO of Batch for Books Inc., Managing Director of Batch Ltd., a director of the Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland and National Book Tokens, chair of BIC’s Physical Supply Chain Committee, and a member of the BA Physical Supply Chain Group. He is responsible for Batch Payments and Returns that, jointly, form the data system at the heart of the book trade, fully integrated and complementing retailer and vendors’ systems. At Batch, he developed the system to improve the flow of information and integration between companies within the book and non-book trade. Fraser is also responsible for BatchLine POS, the UK’s most popular inventory management system, which operates in over 250 bookshops in the UK and Ireland. He works closely with publishers and booksellers in various associations in the UK and around the world to streamline the supply chain.