Executive Director of BISG Len Vlahos to Resign
Yesterday the Book Industry Study Group announced that executive director Len Vlahos will resign his position effective June 12th. Vlahos will join the senior management team of Tattered Cover bookstores in Denver, Colorado. He will eventually acquire a controlling interest of the bookstores from owner Joyce Meskis.
"I have great fondness for BISG and its mission and have valued my time here immensely," said Vlahos in the press release. "I've learned a lot from not just the members of the Board, but from the many industry stakeholders who volunteer on BISG committees, and, of course, from my colleagues on the staff. It's a great organization and I'm happy to have played some small part in positioning it for what I believe is a very bright future."
Vlahos has been a long-time friend and advisor of Book Business, frequently speaking at the Publishing Business conference and sharing the BISG's latest research in our magazine. His helpful insights on digital publishing standards and trends will be missed. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.
The BISG Board has appointed a search committee to fill the executive director position. Details will be posted on BISG's website.
The full announcement is below.
(New York, NY: March 26, 2015) The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) announced today that Executive Director Len Vlahos will resign his position effective June 12, and will relocate to Denver, Colorado where he and his wife will join the senior management team of the Tattered Cover bookstores and will eventually acquire a controlling interest in the business from long-time owner Joyce Meskis. A search for a new Executive Director is underway.
"Len has been a tremendous asset to BISG during what has been an exciting yet tumultuous time in the book industry," said Tara Catogge of Quarto Publishing Group USA and Chair of the BISG Board. "His hard work and insight over the last few years have positioned us well as we continue to provide the industry access to best practices, standards, research and education. We are all very sad to see him go but wish him well in his move to Denver."
"I have great fondness for BISG and its mission and have valued my time here immensely," noted Mr. Vlahos. "I've learned a lot from not just the members of the Board, but from the many industry stakeholders who volunteer on BISG committees, and, of course, from my colleagues on the staff. It's a great organization and I'm happy to have played some small part in positioning it for what I believe is a very bright future."
The BISG Board has appointed a search committee to fill the vacancy left by Mr. Vlahos' departure. Details will be posted to the BISG website.
About BISG: The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is the book industry's leading trade association for standards, education, and research and information. BISG facilitates the connections and conversations that solve common problems, advance new ideas, and more profitably bring published content to readers. For over 35 years, BISG has provided a forum for all industry professionals to come together and collaboratively address issues and concerns to advance the book community. Its 200 members include publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians, and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media.