Kobo has hired Jean-Marc Dupuis, a former Apple sales director, as its new managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Based in Paris, Dupuis has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry and will work with Wayne White, Kobo's executive v-p and general manager of devices, to oversee the company's expansion strategy in EMEA.
Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis said Dupuis's "knowledge of the digital space, coupled with his experience running billion dollar businesses at companies like Apple, make him an integral part of the Kobo team. Together we'll push forward the company's 2013 objectives, with European expansion being a top priority."
Effective February 4, David Boyle will join HarperCollins as senior v-p, consumer insight, a new position. He will work with all divisions of the company globally to "incorporate consumer insight into the company's main practices--from acquisition to sales," Harper said. "By providing the business with a better and deeper understanding of consumer behavior and attitudes towards books, authors, book discovery and purchase, he will support and guide product and business development activities, as well as inform the creation of our direct-to-consumer and marketing capabilities.
Boyle reports to chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi, who commented: "As digital becomes a greater part of our business, we have to better understand our consumers. Having David join us in this consumer insight role will enable us to better extend the reach of our authors from both a marketing and sales perspective."
Boyle was formerly senior v-p of insight for EMI Music, and earlier was director of insight at zeebox and worked at New Philanthropy Capital and L.E.K. Consulting and DSG International. He has also done work for the Labour Party in the U.K. and the Democratic Party in the U.S.
As part of the recent reorganization that created the Scribner Publishing Group of Simon & Schuster, effective February 19, the Scribner and Touchstone publicity departments will both report to Brian Belfiglio, v-p, director of publicity. He joined Scribner in 2007.
At the same time, Marcia Burch, v-p, director of publicity for Touchstone, is leaving the company on February 15.
Effective July 8, poet, critic and biographer Robert Polito will become president of the Poetry Foundation. Until then, John Barr, who announced his retirement last year, will continue as president and help the transition.
For more than 20 years, Polito has been director of creative writing at the New School, where he founded the MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy.