Infor has promoted Jean-François (JF) Piat to the role of General Manager for its Library Division, stepping in to the role vacated by Ann Melaerts. In his 13-year tenure with Infor, Piat has lead the Infor library division in France for 10 years and has been acting General Manager of the Infor Library Division since August 2017. His sales career at Infor includes establishing V-smart as a leading system in France, including implementations in major public libraries such as the City of Paris, Strasbourg, and Montpellier as well as the academic institutions of Bibliotheques Ste Geneviève and INHA. Infor representatives report that Piat embraces a customer-focused management style and is looking forward to building Infor's Library Division in all regions.
Tech Logic Inc. reports the death of its co-founder Mark Frich at age 66. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Library Corporation, Tech Logic was founded by Frich and Bob Rohlf in 1997. According to the Tech Logic announcement, Frich, with an extensive background in engineering, designed the world's first automated material handling system for libraries. The Library Corporation acquired Tech Logic in 2005. Frich made significant contributions to the library community through the design of AMH equipment, was awarded a dozen patents for related inventions, and founded a company that has served libraries for over 20 years.