Matthew Gildea has joined Arcadia Publishing in the newly created position of business development manager. He was most recently book team business director at Joseph-Beth Booksellers and earlier held executive positions at Hastings Entertainment, Borders Group, and several independent bookstores, including Chapter Two, which was in Charleston, S.C., home of Arcadia. He is also v-p of the board of directors of the Binc Foundation.
The company said that "while at Joseph-Beth and throughout his career in the book trade Matthew has been a steady and thoughtful advocate for local-interest books. He has a deep and genuine interest in all things local, and he's eager to help us tell a wide range of retailers about the value of Arcadia's remarkable hyperlocal offering. Because he has extensive experience fueling growth at retail through the creative use of local book assortments he will be uniquely positioned to show accounts just how they can work with us to enhance localization efforts and lift sales."