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Abstract: A change of leadership has taken place in its North American division with the appointment of Eric Hines as its new President. Hines will also become part of the executive management team of the Ex Libris Group. Paul Sybrowsky, one of the pioneers in the field of library automation died on September 10, 2014.


New President of Ex Libris North America

A change of leadership has taken place in its North American division with the appointment of Eric Hines as its new President. Hines will also become part of the executive management team of the Ex Libris Group.

The leadership of the Ex Libris North America has seen some turnover since it was established in 1998:

  • 1998-2003 Carl Grant
  • 2004-2007 Dan Trajman
  • 2007-2008 Robert Mercer
  • 2008-2010 Carl Grant
  • 2010-2014 Mark Triest
  • 2014- Eric Hines

Ex Libris Group has seen very stable executive management, with Matti Shem Tov heading the global company as its President and CEO since May 2003. Shem Tov has remained at the helm through multiple changes in ownership.

Prior to joining Ex Libris, Hines held senior positions with NICE Systems, a large publicly traded company (NASDAQ : NICE) involved in surveillance and security technologies. Like Ex Libris, NICE Systems is based in Israel. Other Ex Libris executives have likewise been associated with NICE, including Bar Veinstein, Corporate VP Resource Management Solutions, Shlomi Kringel, Corporate VP Discovery and Delivery Solutions, and Ziv BenZvi, VP Asia Pacific. It is not necessarily unusual for multiple members of an executive team to have prior associations with the same company. There are no apparent business connections between NICE Systems and Ex Libris.

Passing of Paul Sybrowsky

Paul Sybrowsky, one of the pioneers in the field of library automation died on September 10, 2014. Sybrowsky co-founded Dynix Systems, Inc. along with Keith Wilson, Jim Wilson, and Ralph Egan in 1983, and served as its President through 1995. The company he helped established became one of the leading providers of library automation systems, morphing multiple times over its history. Dynix Systems eventually became part of Ameritech Library Systems, which became Epixtech, and back to Dynix. Past the time of Sybrowsky' s involvement, the company was acquired by Sirsi Corporation and is now part of SirsiDynix. Prior to Dynix, Sybrowsky, held leadership roles in an antecedent company called CTI.

Beyond his career in the business world of library automation, Paul Sybrowsky held a variety of leadership positions in the LDS Church.

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Publication Year:2014
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Smart Libraries Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 34 Number 11
Issue:November 2014
Page(s):5-6
Publisher:ALA TechSource
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
ISSN:1541-8820
Record Number:20007
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Date Created:2014-11-09 16:51:18