New Leadership for Follett Corporation
Follett Corporation has announced that Ray Griffith has retired as its Chief Executive Officer and has been succeeded by Patrick E. Connolly, effective January 2, 2018. Griffith joined Follett in May 2015, following the retirement of Mary Lee Schneider. Prior to joining Follett, Griffith was the Chief Operating Officer of Ace Hardware for two decades. Under Griffith's tenure, Follett made a number of strategic acquisitions, including the Nebraska Book Company's retail store division, Bookmasters, and Baker & Taylor.
Connolly joins Follett following a thirty-year executive career at Sodexo, with roles ranging from Regional Sales Director for school districts in the Midwest to Chief Operating Officer North America and President of Health Care North America.
Follett is a family-owned business with over three billion in annual revenue, with divisions offering products to Pre-K– 12 schools and districts and higher education. Baker & Taylor, a major distributor of materials to public libraries and retailers worldwide, was acquired by Follett in April 2016.
Mary Lee Kennedy Appointed Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries
The Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has selected Mary Lee Kennedy as its next Executive Director. Kennedy comes to ARL with substantial experience with academic, public, and corporate libraries as well as an international perspective. She recently served as the Chief Library Officer of the New York Public Library. She was a Senior Associate Provost for Harvard University and was director of the Knowledge Network Group at Microsoft. Anne R. Kenney has served as Interim Executive Directory since the retirement of Duane Webster in January 2018. ARL is a non-profit organization of 123 research libraries in the United States and Canada.
Bill Schickling Retires
Bill Schickling, a well-known executive in the library technology industry, has retired as of December 2017. Schickling was the President and CEO of Polaris Library Systems from May 2003 until the company was acquired by Innovative Interfaces in March 2014. Following the acquisition, he served as Executive Vice President for Innovative Interfaces in multiple capacities, including leading the company's global support operation. Prior to taking the top executive role at Polaris, Schickling led the development of the company's two flagship ILS products—GALAXY, initially released in 1989, and Polaris, which launched in 1997. Schickling shifted from leading product development to executive leadership when Gaylord Brothers was acquired by DEMCO, leaving Gaylord Information Systems as a standalone company. The company was initially renamed GIS Information Systems but shortly began operating as Polaris Library Systems.
Tom Jacobson Returns to Innovative
Tom Jacobson has rejoined Innovative Interfaces as Vice President, Executive Library Advocate and Strategist, effective December 2017. He served as the Director for Strategic Accounts for Innovative from 1990 through 2012 and as Director of Resource Sharing from 2013 to 2014, representing products such as INN-Reach. Following his departure from Innovative, he worked as a sales consultant for OCLC. In November 2015, Jacobson became a principal consultant and co-founder of Third Chapter Partners.
Jason Goodson Joins Equinox
Jason Goodson has joined the Equinox Open Library Initiative as a sales executive. Goodson comes to Equinox from Brodart Company, where he served as national sales manager.