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BISG Announces Candidates For Its Board of Directors

Friday, March 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is pleased to announce a slate of nominees for its Board of Directors. Candidates were selected to fill seats reserved for four of the six supply-chain segments represented on the BISG Board. The full Board includes representatives drawn from publishing, distribution, retailing, industry service partners, manufacturing, and libraries.

More than a dozen members applied for consideration during a call for nominations that opened last year. A committee of the board reviewed all applications and recommended six candidates for two-year terms starting July 1, 2019:

  • Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, Director of Sales, Content Acquisition, Ingram Content Group
  • David Hetherington, Chief Marketing Officer, knk Software
  • Dan Kok, SVP, Operations, Crossway
  • Kempton Mooney, Executive Director, Product Management, The NPD Group
  • Andrew Savikas, President, getAbstract US
  • Patricia Simoes, Director of Content Operations, Rakuten Kobo

The committee also nominated Andrew Savikas to serve a two-year term as chair, starting July 1, 2019. If confirmed by the membership, Mr. Savikas will follow current Board chair Maureen McMahon (Kaplan Publishing), who will remain on the Board as immediate past chair.

Ms. McMahon led the BISG Board through sweeping changes to its governance model, including multiple changes to the organization’s bylaws. The current Board is the first to choose its members through an open nominating process. Other governance changes set formal term limits, and modified the size of the Board to match that of other industry associations, including the AAP, AUP, and IBPA.

Her tenure has also been marked by careful attention to the operational and financial health of the association. Ms. McMahon created and sustained the charter process that aligns BISG committee efforts with industry needs. The number of webinars, programs, and events offered to the community each year has grown six-fold, while membership has increased by 20% since the start of 2017. Total assets for the association have more than doubled, and BISG’s total equity has improved by almost $148,000 while Ms. McMahon has chaired the Board.

The full BISG membership will be asked to approve the slate of recommended candidates at the next annual meeting of members, scheduled for April 26, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Harvard Club of New York. Tickets for that event can be purchased on the BISG web site (


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