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Book Industry Study Group Appoints Officers for FY2021

Sunday, July 26, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) board of directors has approved the appointment of the following members of the Board as officers for fiscal year 2021:

  • Vice Chair: Kathleen Reid, Elsevier
  • Treasurer: David Hetherington, knk Software
  •  Secretary: Kelvin Watson, Broward County Libraries

Officers of BISG serve one-year terms that may be renewed, as is the case with Kathleen Reid. David Hetherington, who previously held the role of Board secretary, replaces Dennis Abboud, Jr. (ReaderLink) as treasurer, after Mr. Abboud retired from his board service at the end of June. Kelvin Watson will serve as secretary for the coming year.

Per bylaws, BISG Board chair Andrew Savikas ( and immediate past chair Maureen McMahon (Kaplan Publishing) serve two year terms through June 2021. The five officers make up the organization’s executive committee.

On the new appointments, BISG Executive Director Brian O’Leary said, “Having had the privilege of working with Kathleen, David, and Kelvin, I remain grateful for their intelligence, creativity, and dedication to improving the book publishing supply chain. Each of them has proven to be a remarkable ally—often behind the scenes—for BISG and our work to create a more informed, empowered, and efficient book industry.”

The BISG board of directors also confirmed Joshua Tallent (Firebrand Technologies) as chair of the steering committee, which convenes BISG committee chairs to provide support and guidance across the organization’s Metadata, Rights, Subject Codes, Supply Chain, and Workflow Committees.

Additional information about the BISG Board of Directors and committees can be found at and, respectively.


About the Book Industry Study Group

BISG is the book industry’s leading trade association for information, standards, and research, creating the connections and conversations that solve problems, advance new ideas, and more profitably bring published content to readers. Its broad membership includes trade, educational, professional, and scholarly publishers, as well as distributors, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and libraries.

In partnership with other industry associations, BISG maintains and implements standardized best practices, develops and shares leading-edge research and information, and fosters education through events and webinars that help our membership and the industry better understand market trends and issues.


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