October 18, 2017

Scorecard: Vendors Revamp Executive Landscape

By Michael Rogers

EOSi and Lightning Source get new bosses, while epixtech and OCLC expand their management teams

Several of the major players in the library automation market have reshuffled their executive teams, with a few placing new CEOs and presidents at the helm. epixtech hired Jack Blount
last June as president and CEO, succeeding Lana Porter, who departed for a new post on the epixtech board. In early August, the company announced additional alterations. Mark Calkins
has been named epixtech’s first senior VP of global marketing. Calkins has 25 years’ experience in the technology field, 15 of them in senior marketing management at companies such as WordPerfect and Sun Microsystems. At epixtech he will oversee marketing communications, public relations, sales support, and product management. The new post opened as a result of Blount’s separation of sales and marketing into two distinct departments. Blount additionally promoted Ty Brown
to VP of global operations.

Harriman joins OCLC

Robert Harriman, former coordinator of the United States Newspaper Program at the Library of Congress
(LC), has been named program director, Digital & Preservation Cooperative (DPC), OCLC Digital & Preservation Resources. Harriman is a recognized authority on bibliographic control and the preservation of newspapers and serials. His career spans more than 28 years at LC, with 18 years at the Newspaper Program, which claims to be the nation’s largest cooperative preservation and access project.

In his newly created position, Harriman will establish and promote partnerships with library organizations, cultural heritage agencies, and professional organizations interested in joining the DPC and developing digital content collections. The service, powered by Olive Software, is designed to provide electronic access to entire newspapers, page by page, down to the article level.

EOSi promotes Saadat

EOS International
(EOSi) has a new leader: founder and chair Scot Cheatham
has appointed Tony Saadat
the company’s chief executive officer. Saadat has been with the company for two years, beginning in March 2000 as chief operating officer. Prior to joining EOSi, Saadat had a 15-year tenure at SydneyPLUS International, where he served as the director for client services. He later was promoted to executive VP of sales and marketing.

Lightning Source’s Best bet

Though a digital content management operation rather than a systems vendor, Lightning Source Inc.
has a new boss: the company has named J. Kirby Best
its president and CEO. Best comes to Lightning source, which is a division of Ingram, from Publishing Solutions Inc., where he served as chair from 1997. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Royal Book Manufacturing, Inc. He additionally was chair of the Canadian Book Manufacturers’ Association and has served on the boards of the Canadian Printing Industries Association and the Book Manufacturers’ Institute.