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BookNet Canada Announces New CEO

BookNet Canada Says Farewell to Michael Tamblyn, Announces New CEO

TORONTO, June 15, 2009 – BookNet Canada announced today the departure of Michael Tamblyn as President and CEO effective June 25, 2009. Michael Tamblyn was the founding CEO of BookNet Canada, Canada’s book industry supply chain and technology innovation agency, in March 2003. The BookNet Canada Board of Directors has appointed Noah Genner as CEO.

“I have had an incredible six years at BookNet Canada, and it’s time to let someone new take the wheel,” said Mr. Tamblyn. “The BookNet team, led by Noah Genner, has all of the skill and passion necessary for BookNet Canada to continue as one of the greatest agents of change in the book industry today.”

The past six years have seen the Canadian book market become a leader in book industry supply chain innovation. During Mr. Tamblyn’s tenure, BookNet Canada launched the highly successful BNC SalesData service, tracking book retail sales in the Canadian market, as well as the nation-wide electronic trading network for booksellers and publishers. They drove industry-wide adoption of the ONIX standard and started the popular BNC Technology Forum, a conference on books and technology held each year in Toronto.

“While we’re going to miss Michael and the energy and passion that he brought to this organization, BookNet is going to continue to drive innovation in the Canadian book market,” said Peter Waldock, Chair of the BookNet Canada Board of Directors. “There are new services in development and plenty of great work still to be done. It’s all-systems-go at BookNet Canada.”

Noah Genner is a familiar face to BookNet Canada stakeholders. For five years he has been BookNet’s Technology Director and the chief technical architect of BookNet Canada’s most successful initiatives, while also leading industry committees, working with publishers, retailers and vendors, and representing Canada’s interests in international standards organizations. In the past three years, he has taken on an increasing role in the day-to-day management of BookNet Canada’s operations. Mr. Genner has extensive experience in project management and software development and began his career as an independent bookseller.

Mr. Tamblyn will be joining mobile reading startup Shortcovers as Vice President, Content, Sales and Merchandising.

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About BookNet Canada:
BookNet Canada is the not-for-profit agency created by the Canadian book industry and the Department of Canadian Heritage to facilitate improvements in the book industry supply chain. It provides services and develops standards and certification in areas including electronic commerce via EDI (Electronic Document Interchange), bibliographic data, and analysis of point-of-sales and other supply chain data. BookNet acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) for its initiatives.