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BISG Officers and Board Members

Board of Directors 2019 - 2020

BISG Officers

Chair: Andrew Savikas, getAbstract

Vice Chair: Kathleen Reid, Elsevier

Treasurer: Dennis E. Abboud Jr., ReaderLink

Secretary: David Hetherington, knk Software

Immediate Past Chair: Maureen McMahon, Kaplan


Dennis E. Abboud Jr., ReaderLink (Treasurer)

Dennis Abboud, Jr. is the Senior Director of Sales at ReaderLink, the largest full-service book distributor in North America. Abboud oversees a portfolio of customer accounts within the Drug and Grocery retail channels. Collectively, these retailers drive more than $168 million in annualized trade book sales and consist of nearly 28,000 individual storefronts.


Beat Barblan, Bowker

Beat (“Bay-Yacht”) Barblan is a publishing professional focused on bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, authors, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. He is passionate about international standards that help the global book industry in the areas of identification, metadata, search, and discovery. 

Beat serves VP, Publishing & Data Services at ProQuest affiliate Bowker. He is the head of the US ISBN Agency, and for the past six years has served as a director and Treasurer for the International ISBN Agency (IIA). He also represents the IIA as a Board member and Treasurer of EDItEUR.


Malati Chavali, Macmillan

Malati Chavali is VP of Sales Strategy at Macmillan where she leads sales strategy initiatives for Macmillan's imprints. Prior to that she was Macmillan's eBook Channel Director and led the company's digital sales strategy through it's evolution from 2011 to 2016. She began her career marketing nonfiction trade books at John Wiley & Sons and went on from there to oversee brand marketing for Time Inc.’s book division as their Associate Director of Marketing.

Sam Dempsey, Baker & Taylor

Sam Dempsey joined Baker & Taylor in 1999 and is responsible for their product metadata and collection development services. Sam has worked on the ONIX standard since its inception in 1999 with the AAP, and is an active member of BISG’s Metadata Committee. Prior to joining Baker & Taylor, Sam was Editorial Director for Books In Print at R.R. Bowker and Senior Managing Editor at Marquis Who’s Who. Sam earned an A.M. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. 

Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, Ingram Content Group 

Andrea is Publisher of Harper Horizon, an imprint of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Previously, in her role as Director, Content Acquisition at Ingram Content Group, Andrea and her team worked with publishers to help them reach readers and book buyers worldwide. She is especially passionate about educating publishers on how to manage their business in efficient and cost-effective ways so they can focus on the joy of making good books.


Prior to joining Ingram in 2017, Andrea spent 15 years at Workman Publishing, helping to create, market and sell books of all shapes and sizes to passionate, curious readers. It was at Workman that she developed her love of independent book publishing, and the desire to foster its growth and success as the industry evolves. 

David Hetherington, knk Business Software (Secretary)

David Hetherington is Chief Marketing Officer of knk Business Software. Mr. Hetherington’s publishing portfolio reflects a broad range of responsibilities, including both VP of Manufacturing as well as VP of Financial Planning for Simon & Schuster’s Higher Education Group. He has held other key positions in finance, operations, and sales at Reader’s Digest, Wolters Kluwer Health, Columbia University Press, and Baker & Taylor, as well as Chief Operating Officer of Klopotek North America.


Dan Kok, Crossway

Dan Kok is the SVP of Operations at Crossway, a leading Chrisitan publisher. Dan has served with Crossway for 27 years, during which time he has helped them navigate through industry changes and the growth of Crossway as an organization. Dan is also currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Board of Directors. 

Kempton Mooney, NPD Bookscan

Kempton Mooney is the Executive Director of Product Development at the NPD Group where he provides market research information to companies with interests in the book market. Prior to NPD, he has held positions at Abrams, Random House, the Hachette Book Group, and Nielsen working in sales, inventory, operations, and strategic planning. 

Maureen McMahon, Kaplan Publishing (Immediate Past Chair)

As president and publisher of Kaplan Publishing, Maureen oversees content production, delivery, and management for Kaplan Test Prep’s course and retail products in print and digital formats, as well as content-related partnerships. Her professional experience includes retail merchandising as well as trade and educational publishing, a background that has made her a passionate advocate for BISG’s commitment to the entire book ecosystem.

Kathleen Reid, Elsevier (Vice Chair)

Kathleen Reid is VP and Commercial Leader of Medical Learning at Elsevier where she leads go to market strategy initiatives for Elsevier medical text and reference books, eBooks and continuing education solutions to support physician lifelong learning. Prior to this, she was Marketing Director for Elsevier’s Nursing Performance Portfolio, hospital solutions such as MD Consult, and Drug Information solutions from Gold Standard. She began her career in international marketing at Mosby and spent over 10 years in field sales and sales management calling on health science academic accounts on the west coast. She holds an MBA from UC Davis and an AB from Bowdoin College.

Michael Rentas, Ingram Content Group

Michael Rentas is Director of Business Operations and Analysis for Ingram Content Group. He joined Ingram after serving as Director of Sales and Inventory Analysis at Perseus Books Group, whose distribution arm was acquired by Ingram. Before working at Perseus, Rentas was Chief Financial Officer at Skyhorse Publishing. He has also worked in several operational roles for the Walt Disney Company's Hyperion Books.

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Michael Shea, LSC Communications

Michael Shea, SVP, Book Division, LSC Communications, is a seasoned printing and publishing executive with over 20 years of pioneering ventures in content management, custom publishing and book manufacturing. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the vision and drive to capture high-growth opportunities in the rapidly changing publishing and printing industries. His early successes with technology driven print solutions led to more comprehensive solutions spanning the entire spectrum of book manufacturing including content management, physical and digital production, distribution and inventory management. His most recent focus has been working with industry supply chain participants to combat book piracy.

Andrew Savikas, getAbstract (Chair) 

Andrew Savikas is President of the US subsidiary of getAbstract, the global leader in business book summaries for corporate learning, offering a library of more than 20,000 summaries in 7 languages that help authors and publishers find new readers. Prior to that, Andrew was CEO at Safari Books Online, and before that a vice president at O'Reilly Media, where he ran the highly regarded Tools of Change for Publishing conferences in New York and Frankfurt, and served on the board of the IDPF.

Patricia Simoes, Rakuten Kobo 

Patricia Simoes is Director of Content Operations at Rakuten Kobo, where she leads an international team of metadata professionals who specialize in maintaining and expanding Kobo's global ebook and audiobook catalogue. Patricia began her career in the educational publishing sector, first in the scholarly division at University of Toronto Press, where she supported the editorial acquisitions and rights management teams. She also served as Developmental Editor at University of Oxford Press, specializing in the social sciences for the higher education market.

Kelvin Watson, Broward County Libraries

Kelvin Watson, Director of Broward County Libraries Division, has made transformative changes in his two and a half years with Broward County. He has led ambitious and innovative initiatives that have positioned the Broward County Libraries as a community leader by streamlining access to resources, introducing new technology, developing partnerships & new collaborative relationships with internal agencies and external organizations. 

Kelvin started his career as an officer in the US Army, then transitioned into the private sector as an executive with Ingram Library Services, Borders Group, and The Library Corporation (TLC), fueling his passion for the field of library science. He joined the USDA National Agricultural Library and then the Queens Borough Public Library in Queens, New York. In Queens, he was instrumental in the creation of QL Virtual Library, the Flexible Standard for E-content NISO (FASTEN) pilot project and a groundbreaking community mobile tablet lending program post-Hurricane Sandy.


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