Speakers | Launch Frankfurt

Patricia Arancibia

Editorial Director - International Digital Content, Barnes & Noble.com

Patricia Arancibia is in charge of the acquisition of international digital content and related deals at Barnes & Noble, where she manages the relations with international corporations, publishers, cultural and governmental agencies. Previously, Patricia was the Merchandising Manager in charge of eBooks, Nonfiction printed Books, and Libros en espaol at Barnes & Noble.com, where she launched both the eBooks Store and the Libros en espaol online division, for which she was also the Buyer.

Michael Cader

Publishers Marketplace

Michael Cader is the creator of Publishers Lunch, the largest-circulation book publishing industry publication in the world, and its companion website PublishersMarketplace.com. For 15 years he created and produced over 300 books through his book packaging company, Cader Books. Publishers Launch Conferences springboard from the branding, vast audience and deep respect for Publishers Lunchwith 45,000 subscribers, the largest publication for book publishing professionals worldwide, and the recognized leader in comprehensive coverage and thoughtful, clear-eyed analysis of the stories and statistics that matter the most in this transitional time.

Carlo Carrenho

Journalist & Consultant, PublishNews

Carlo Carrenho is a Brazilian journalist and consultant. In 2001, he founded PublishNews, a daily electronic newsletter in Portuguese that covers the Brazilian publishing market. Today, PublishNews has more than 11,000 subscribers and a weekly English edition called PublishNews Brazil. He’s also worked for several Brazilian publishing companies, including the publishing house Thomas Nelson Brasil, which he launched in 2007, and the POD printer Singular Digital, the digital arm of Ediouro Group. During the last few years, his attention definitively turned to the digital revolution that is taking place in publishing. Carlo majored in economics and later specialized in publishing at the Radcliffe Publishing Course in Boston.

Benedict Evans

Consultant, Enders Analysis

Benedict Evans covers mobile content, digital media and electronic publishing for Enders Analysis, a research and consultancy boutique. He has worked in strategy and business development for NBC Universal, Channel 4 and Orange, and previously worked as a sell-side Equity Research Analyst covering European telecoms companies for several investment banks.

Anthony Forbes Watson

Managing Director, Pan Macmillan

Anthony Forbes Watson became MD of Pan Macmillan in May 2008 after three years as a publishing consultant, when he worked on strategy projects for Hachette UK, Bloomsbury and Simon & Schuster in New York. Before consulting, Anthony was CEO of Penguin UK which he ran for nine years, and in 2002-3 served as President of the UK Publishers Association. As an Executive Director of the Longman Group he spent six years as MD of Ladybird Books and another as MD of Pitman Publishing, having previously started out in publishing at the Oxford University Press before moving on to spend ten years in a series of domestic and international sales and marketing roles at HarperCollins.

Alexander Gavrilov

Head, Book Institute, Russia

Alexander Gavrilov is a journalist, organizer and researcher who has devoted his work to books. Alexander heads the non-commercial organization Book Institute, which conducts research for the book industry and holds lectures, festivals, and bookfairs. Prior to running the Book Institute, Alexander served for 10 years as the editor-in-chief of "The Book Review" -- the oldest Russian weekly newspaper specializing in books. Alexander is also a co-owner of a book retail chain "Dodo Space" and following its totem, the Dodo bird, he claims: "extinction sucks."

Noah Genner

CEO & President, BookNet Canada

Noah Genner has an extensive background in independent bookselling, software and business development. As the leader of BookNet Canada he orchestrates a skilled team of technical, policy oriented and client focused staff to provide new data management services and supply-chain initiatives to the Canadian publishing and book retail sectors.

Michael Healy

Executive Director, Author & Publisher Relations, Copyright Clearance Center

Michael Healy is currently the Executive Director (Author and Publisher Relations) at the Copyright Clearance Center. Prior to joining CCC, Michael was Executive Director of The Book Rights Registry, where he was responsible for establishing the organization to be the lead body in the administration of the Google Book Settlement. Michael was also the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a New York-based non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving the efficiency and the effectiveness of the U.S. book industry through the development and maintenance of standards, research, education and information.

Peter Hildick-Smith

Founder and President, Codex Group

Peter Hildick-Smith is President of Codex-Group LLC. Founded in 2004, the firm pioneered book audience research. Codex tracks and forecasts digital book trends for book publishers, retailers and technology companies, using quantitative online research as a foundation for business strategy development. The company’s proprietary, digital Book Preview and Author Equity pre-publication market test programs help publishers and authors boost new book discovery, purchase conversion rates, expand audiences and increase sales—supporting the successful publication of numerous New York Times bestsellers.

Jim Hilt

Vice President of eBooks, Barnes & Noble

Jim Hilt is the Vice President of eBooks for Barnes & Noble and is responsible for overall sales, marketing, strategy and operation for ebooks. He is a passionate believer that the combination of digital and physical books, along with the ability to buy and read them anywhere you want, is the future of reading.

Theresa Horner

Vice President of Digital Content, Barnes & Noble

Theresa Horner is currently the VP of Digital Content at BarnesandNoble.com. Theresa’s team is responsible for all the digital books and editorial programs that feed the NOOK ecosystem which includes NOOK, NOOKColor and NOOK software applications as well as PubIt!, Barnes & Noble’s self-retailing platform. Theresa has worked in the digital book business since 1999 initially for several years with HarperCollins setting up their e-book and d-audio book business and then a brief stint with Microsoft’s Live Search Book/Live Search Academic programs.

Rick Joyce

Chief Marketing Officer, Perseus Books Group

Rick is the Chief Marketing Officer for the Perseus Books Group, and has been involved since 2004 in the growth and digital strategies for the company. Rick is one of the co-creators of Constellation, the one-stop digital solution for independent publishers, and serves on its Leadership Team. He was the force behind the BEA 2009 experiment known as Book:The Sequel crashing a book in all formats from the show floor, and the pioneering NY Times Bestseller and transmedia sensation Cathy’s Book: If Found, Call 650-266-8233. Rick has also been the producer of enhanced books and apps like JFK:50 Days and Roots: The Enhanced Edition.

Arantza Larrauri

CEO, Libranda

Arantza Larrauri was born and attended college in Barcelona, graduating in Management at ESADE Business where she also earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). She completed her training in Phoenix, USA, at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, where she earned the title of Master in International Management (MIM).

Ken Michaels

President and COO, Hachette Book Group

Ken Michaels, President and Chief Operating Officer, joined Hachette Book Group in January 2009. In his role as COO, Ken runs all operational areas: Distribution, Facilities, Fulfillment, IT, Managing Editorial, Production, Strategic Publishing Operations and Distribution Sales and Fulfillment to other publishers (15 clients to date).

Brian Napack

Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners

Brian Napack is a senior advisor of Providence. Prior to joining Providence in 2012, Mr. Napack served as president of Macmillan, the global publisher, in the U.S. from 2006 to 2011. During his tenure, Mr. Napack oversaw businesses in education, consumer books, digital media and magazines and managed the growth of Macmillan’s digital businesses into substantial contributors to the company’s performance.

Ananth Padmanabhan

Vice President Sales, Penguin India

Stephen Page

Publisher and CEO, Faber and Faber

Stephen Page is Chief Executive and Publisher of Faber and Faber Ltd. and has worked in the publishing industry for nearly twenty years. He began his career in bookselling and transferred into publishing working in marketing and sales disciplines before moving to Fourth Estate and becoming Managing Director in 2000. In 2001 he was asked to join Faber as Chief Executive and is leading the company to new levels of success, recognized in 2006 when Faber was named Publisher of the Year.

Santos Palazzi

Mass Market and Digital Division Manager, Grupo Planeta

Santos Palazzi is Mass Market and Digital Area manager at Grupo Planeta, which he joined 13 years ago. In this role, he is responsible for the children publishing division, Scifi, fantasy and romance imprints as well as mass market (pocket paperback) books division. During the last 4 years, he's been responsible for digital development for the whole publishing division at Planeta. Main targets for the Digital Division are: building a consistent and extensive eBook catalogue, reaching agreements with local and international eRetailers as well as developing initiatives and tools for book discovery and visibility. Santos was also part of the team that founded Libranda, the digital repository and delivery platform for Spanish publishers, 2 years ago. Prior to Grupo Planeta, Santos worked 8 years for Sara Lee where he held different roles and positions: marketing director, key account manager and international product development manager. He also worked for Ogilvy & Mather as account manager.

Helmut Pesch

Editorial Director E-Publishing, Bastei Lübbe Publishers

Dr. Helmut Pesch studied English language and literature and art history at Cologne and Glasgow/UK. His doctoral dissertation covered the theory and history of fantasy literature, and he is known as an authority on this subject. A full-time fiction editor for more than twenty-five years, he published Ken Follett, David Baldacci and other international bestseller writers in Germany, besides a great number of German authors. Since 2011, he has been with Bastei Entertainment, the e-publishing division of Bastei Lübbe Publishers, and is now head of its fiction department, with the objective of developing multi- and crossmedia content and new modes of storytelling for the digital age.

Dominique Raccah

CEO & Publisher, Sourcebooks

Dominique Raccah is the CEO & publisher of Sourcebooks, the company she founded in 1987 which is now the largest woman-owned trade book publishing company in the country. From the start, Raccah has directed a continuously growing entrepreneurial company that has morphed into a general trade house, happily producing everything from bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in baby names and college guides, eighteen New York Times Bestsellers and over twenty national bestsellers.

Charlie Redmayne

CEO, HarperCollins UK

Charlie Redmayne is the new Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins UK, returning to the company where he previously served as Chief Digital Officer responsible for building their global digital business. He left HarperCollins in November 2011 to lead J.K. Rowling's virtual community and digital publishing business Pottermore.

Patrick Rouvillois

International MD, Barnes & Noble

Mike Shatzkin

Founder and CEO, The Idea Logical Company

Mike Shatzkin runs a strategic consulting firm (The Idea Logical Company), is a partner in a conference business (Publishers Launch Conferences), and is the program chair for the biggest annual gathering of trade publishers discussing digital change (Digital Book World). He is also the author of The Shatzkin Files, a blog he began over three years ago.

Rebecca Smart

Chief Executive Officer, Osprey Group

Rebecca Smart is CEO of Osprey Group, a UK-based international publishing company focused on producing the best content for enthusiasts across a broad range of specialist areas including military history, heritage and nostalgia, transport history, crafts, antiques, science fiction and fantasy, and mind, body and spirit.

Michael Tamblyn

EVP, Content, Sales and Merchandising, Kobo Inc.

At Kobo Michael is responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across all of Kobos web and mobile services. He co-founded Canadas first online bookstore Bookshelf.ca, which was purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998, where he served as vice president of online operations. Most recently, Michael was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada, where he launched the national sales reporting service BNC SalesData and authored the publishing technology call-to-arms, Six Projects That Could Change Publishing for the Better. Michael has a Masters in Business Administration from University of Western Ontario.

Marcello Vena

Director of Digital Products, RCS Libri

Marcello Vena manages the digital trade book business of RCS Libri, one of the largest European book publishers and owners of Rizzoli, Bompiani, Fabbri Editori and other publishing houses. He has over 15 years of digital innovation experience across three continents (Europe, US & Asia), encompassing the roles of designer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, management consultant and general manager. He holds an MBA with Dean’s List Distinction from INSEAD and he speaks all five main languages of Western Europe.

Lisa Liping Zhang

Director of the International Department, Cloudary Corporation

Lisa Liping Zhang has a background in both traditional and digital publishing industries. She is now working for Cloudary Corporation, the leading e-book publisher and distributor of China. She has the experience of being a diplomat, an entrepreneur, a government employee, a teacher, etc., which makes her a good communicator with people from different cultural backgrounds and a creative, mature and reliable business executive. She got the Master Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, the U.S. She is fluent in both English and Chinese.