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B&N CEO James Daunt to Keynote BISG Annual Meeting

Monday, January 13, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) announced today that James Daunt, named CEO of Barnes & Noble in August of 2019, will deliver the closing keynote at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Members, which will take place at the Harvard Club of New York on April 24, 2020.

BISG also announced that the theme of this year’s meeting will be “Building a Smarter Supply Chain.” Mr. Daunt’s presentation will be preceded by a series of panels and discussions designed to consider and explore ways the industry can work together to improve operations and adapt to take advantage of new opportunities.

In addition to being CEO of Barnes & Noble, Mr. Daunt also serves as Managing Director of Waterstones, the largest retail bookseller in the United Kingdom. Mr. Daunt currently oversees 627 Barnes & Noble stores in the United States, and 293 Waterstones locations across the U.K., Ireland, The Netherlands, and Belgium.

Brian O’Leary, Executive Director of BISG, said, “I’m delighted that James Daunt will join us at a meeting dedicated to moving the industry forward. Barnes & Noble has played a leading role in shaping the industry and its use of standards. Since he took the helm last summer, people throughout the industry have been interested in what B&N will do next. We’re honored to host one of his first talks on this side of the Atlantic.”

Programming for the Annual Meeting serves BISG’s audience of traditional and digital publishers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, service and technology partners, bricks-and-mortar and online retailers, local and regional library systems, trade associations, consultancies, and entrepreneurs.

In addition to the keynote from James Daunt, thought leaders from various segments of the industry will share their insights, expertise, and predictions for how U.S. book publishing will evolve. BISG volunteers will provide updates on the foundational work taking place in the organization’s standing committees, and BISG members will approve the 2021 budget and a new slate of board members.

BISG board chair Andrew Savikas added, “The Annual Meeting is a time for us to convene as an industry, amplify challenges and opportunities, and discuss potential solutions and innovations. We expect that this year’s event will continue to build on past successes while also bringing some new voices to the conversation.”

We’ve had feedback from past attendees that they would like more time to network with other people at the meeting, whether at their table or elsewhere during the meeting. This year, we have also added a 90-minute reception in the Harvard Club’s Gordon Reading Room. That get-together will take place after the meeting concludes at 2:30 p.m.

The reception will provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss the day's panels and presentations and catch up with colleagues and friends. With breakfast during registration, a longer (30 minutes) break in the morning, a streamlined lunch, and the post-meeting reception, we hope we’re making good progress in meeting the needs of those attending.

 Early bird registration opens today, with a draft agenda available now on the BISG listing for the meeting. The full agenda and roster of speakers for the 2020 Annual Meeting of Members will be announced shortly.

Tickets to the meeting are now available for $299 (early-bird member) and $399 (early-bird non-member). After February 28, ticket prices are $100 higher, in both cases. For members, tables of ten are available now for $2,990, increasing to $3,990 after February 28. Non-member prices for tables are $1,000 higher. Non-member companies buying tables would save by joining BISG. Contact for information about membership.


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