Effective March 1, Alex W. Meriwether will become general manager of Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, Mass., succeeding Carole M. Horne, who will continue on a part-time basis in the buying group and as a senior adviser to the management team. She has been with the store for 43 years and in 2007 was named its first general manager.
Meriwether joined Harvard Book Store in 2004, serving in a variety of areas and has been marketing manager the last four years. During that time, he expanded the author event series to more than 500 events annually and oversaw the growth of the store's web presence that includes a Twitter following of more than 50,000.
Harvard Book Store co-owner Jeff Mayersohn commented: "We are thrilled about Alex's taking the general manager position at a time when there is a resurgence in independent bricks-and-mortar bookselling. He has done an extraordinary job in our marketing group. With Alex in charge and with Rachel Cass as head buyer and Mark Lamphier as store manager, we have a remarkably strong and experienced leadership team."
Mayersohn said, too, that he is "so grateful to Carole Horne, who told me almost a year ago that she wished to retire. Apart from being widely revered as a leader in bookselling, Carole is one of the individuals most responsible for the development of Harvard Book Store into the remarkable institution that it is. Although she will now have time to pursue some of her other interests, we are delighted that she has agreed to stay with us on a part-time basis, allowing us to benefit from her wisdom and experience for years to come."