Ingram Content Group announces a new organization to serve retailers, libraries and publishers more effectively
NASHVILLE – David "Skip" Prichard, President and CEO of the recently formed Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced the organizational structure designed to make it easier to do business with the new company.
The creation of Ingram Content Group was announced three weeks ago by John R. Ingram, Chairman, who said the change would "fully integrate" Ingram's content companies, which are Ingram Book Group, Lightning Source Inc. and Ingram Digital.
Today Mr. Prichard explained that the group will be organized as a market-focused organization which will better serve all of our retail customers, libraries, publishers and partners.
"Rather than different organizations designed around products and services, we will now be organized around our mission statement of helping content reach its destination,” Mr. Prichard said. "All of our services for publishers and content creators will be in our content organization. Our commercial organization will serve any 'destination' where we take that content – whether libraries or retailers."
Services to publishers include Lightning Source print-on-demand, Ingram Digital's CoreSource, Ingram Marketing Group, Ingram Publisher Services, and Ingram Book's buying department. This new publisher-focused organization will be led by Chief Content Officer Phil Ollila. Mr. Ollila joined Ingram from Borders Group in 2004 and has led Ingram's retail, distribution and library businesses.
All of Ingram's customers in the library and retail channels will be served by one organization, led by Chief Commercial Officer Shawn Everson. Mr. Everson joined Ingram nine years ago and has served in a variety of distribution, transportation and commercial roles.
Mr. Prichard also announced the appointment of key organizational leaders within the Content and Commercial organizations.
In the Commercial organization, Rich Rosy, former General Manager of NetLibrary who joined Ingram two years ago, will head up all of Ingram's library businesses including Ingram Library Services, MyiLibrary, and Coutts. Dan Sheehan, currently Vice President of Sales for Ingram Book Field Sales, will also take on responsibility as General Manager of Ingram Periodicals.
In the Content organization, David Taylor, President of Lightning Source, will be responsible for all publisher content acquisition activities. Mark Ouimet will become General Manager of Ingram Publisher Services. Mr. Ouimet joined Ingram Publisher Services in 2007 and has led many of its business development activities.
Mr. Prichard explained that the realignment will make Ingram's "integrated suite of services” even more accessible and functional for its channel partners, helping them sell more content to more customers.
"These changes are comprehensive and designed to align our talented organization in a way which better responds to the market and the many opportunities brought by a changing content landscape,” he said.
Ingram Content Group provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Ingram is a leading wholesaler of trade books, spoken audio, magazines, and a leading provider of demand-driven printing and digital solutions for publishers. Ingram provides librarians and booksellers with immediate access to the largest selection of books and book-related products in the industry. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Ingram Digital, Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and Coutts Information Services. For more information, visit www.talktoingram.com.