Conference Council

The Digital Book World 2014 Conference Council is comprised of veteran publishing experts led by Conference Chair Mike Shatzkin. Together they ensure that Digital Book World’s programming provides concrete benefits and solutions to the most pressing challenges in publishing today. 

Mike Shatzkin
Conference Council Chair
Founder and CEO
The Idea Logical Company

Mike Shatzkin is the Founder & CEO of The Idea Logical Company and a widely-acknowledged thought leader about digital change in the book publishing industry.  In his nearly 50 years in publishing, he has played almost all the roles: bookseller, author, agent, production director, sales and marketing director, and, for the past 30 years, consultant. His insights about how the industry functions and how it accommodates digital change form the basis of all of the company’s consulting efforts.

Peter Balis
Director, Digital Content Sales

Peter Balis is responsible for the sales, distribution and business development of digital content for Wiley, which includes ebooks, enhanced products and mobile applications.  Additionally, he is the co-chair of the AAP’s Digital Issues Working Group.

Molly Barton
Global Digital Director
Penguin Group

Molly Barton started her career in editorial before moving to digital publishing and business development. She joined Penguin Group in 2004. Today she is Global Digital Director and leads Penguin’s digital business relationships with Amazon, Apple, Google, Kobo and others. She also leads Penguin’s efforts to publish digital-first books, apps, enhanced eBooks and eSpecials (digital essays and short stories).

Michael Cader
Publishers Launch

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 Lunch–with 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.

Maria B. Campbell
Maria B. Campbell Associates, Inc.

Maria B. Campbell is the president of Maria B. Campbell Associates, Inc., a New York–based literary scouting company, which identifies books in the world market for translation and publication internationally, and for adaptation to film and television. Maria B. Campbell Associates currently scouts adult and children’s books for a distinguished roster of publishers in fifteen countries. She also is the literary representative for Warner Bros. Feature Films and Warner Bros. Television. In addition, Maria Campbell works selectively as an agent to introduce international writers in the United States. She is a Trustee of Words Without Borders and of the PEN American Center.

Carlo Carrenho
Founding Partner
PublishNews (Brazil)

Carlo Carrenho is a Brazilian publisher and journalist. 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. He’s also worked for several Brazilian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson Brasil, which he launched in 2007. During the last few years, his attention turned to the digital revolution that is taking place in publishing and  right now he is the managing director of Singular Digital, the digital arm of Ediouro Holding that focuses on print on demand, e-book distribution and self-publishing. Carlo majored in economics and later specialized in publishing at the Radcliffe Publishing Course in Boston.

Jeff Dodes
Executive Vice President, Marketing & Digital Media Strategy
St. Martin's Press

Cameron Drew
Global Content Acquisition
Kobo, Inc.

Andrea Fleck-Nisbet 
Digital Publishing Director
Workman Publishing

Andrea is the Executive Director of Digital Publishing at Workman Publishing. She oversees digital product and online business development.

Deborah Forte
Executive Vice President and President
Scholastic Media

Jeremy Greenfield
Editorial Director
Digital Book World

Jeremy Greenfield is editorial director of Digital Book World. Prior to Digital Book World, Jeremy was editor of FINS.com, a new career site from The Wall Street Journal. He has been a journalist in New York for six years and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Healy
Executive Director, Author and 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.

Ted Hill
THA Consulting

With over 25 years experience in the publishing industry, Ted has launched dozens of new businesses and business initiatives.  As a business development consultant with deep knowledge of the publishing and information industries Ted is a frequent speaker at industry events on the subject of how new technologies impact the business of publishing.

Jim Hilt
Vice President of eBooks
Barnes and Noble

Ellie Hirschhorn
Chief Digital Officer
Simon and Schuster

John R. Ingram
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Ingram Content Group

John Ingram is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc. He is also Chairman of Ingram Content Group which includes Ingram Book Company, the leading wholesaler and distributor to the book industry; Lightning Source Inc., the leading provider of print on demand services for publishers, and Ingram Digital. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ingram was the President of Ingram Book Company and also held executive positions with Ingram Micro. He was Vice President of Purchasing and Vice President of Management Services at Ingram Micro Europe, and Director of Purchasing for Ingram Micro Inc. He was acting Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Mr. Ingram has been a member of the Ingram Micro Inc. Board of Directors since 1996.

Rick Joyce
Chief Marketing Officer
Perseus Book Group

Rick Joyce 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.

Peter Kay
Director of Digital Marketing and Strategy
W.W. Norton

Peter is the Director of Digital Marketing and Strategy at W.W. Norton, working with the College, Trade and Professional divisions. Previously he was VP Product Development at MTV Networks, where he built the global music platform mtvmusic.com, bringing semantic and machine listening technologies into the platform.

Sanj Kharbanda
VP, Digital Strategy
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Simon Lipskar
Writer's House

Karen Lotz
President & Publisher
Candlewick Press

Peter McCarthy
McCarthy Digital

Kenneth Michaels
President and COO
Hachette Book Group

Mary Ann Naples
Rodale Books

David Nussbaum
Chairman & CEO
F+W Media, Inc.

David Nussbaum, Chairman & CEO of F+W Media, is credited as the driving force behind the transformation of the Company from a print-focused publisher to today: a leading multimedia content, event, online education, and e-commerce provider. Prior to his appointment in 2008, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Penton Media Inc., where he was responsible for the launch and acquisition of many iconic business media brands including New Hope Natural Media, Mecklermedia, PC Expo, among other media properties in the print, event, and eMedia communities. Nussbaum also formed Sundance Business Enterprises as a joint venture with ABRY Partners, LLC, to seek digital media and information/communication services acquisitions.

A frequently called-upon industry speaker and commentator, he was named one of MIN’s Most Intriguing People and as an Industry Influencer on the FOLIO: 40. Nussbaum is a Board Director for Summit Professional Networks and had served on the Board of Directors of Thomas Nelson Publishing. He also serves on the Advisory Boards for Metamorphic Ventures, a leading early stage technology venture firm and Boston University’s School of Communications, and as a Mentor with IDC Elevator, a mentorship-driven accelerator program for Israeli-based technology start-ups.

Laura Owen
Staff Writer
Paid Content/Giga Om

Carolyn Pittis
SVP, Publishing Transformation

Carolyn Pittis is Senior Vice President, Publishing Transformation of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide. In this role, she is responsible for leading an internal effort working with publishing teams to develop new capabilities that drive editorial and marketing excellence. She was appointed to this position in November 2011.

In her 21 years at HarperCollins, Pittis has played a wide variety of key roles, including positions in marketing, web development, consumer sales forecasting, sales administration, digital asset management, business development, managing editorial, production, and change management. Prior to her current position, she led the company’s Author Services group and Website teams.

Dominique Raccah
CEO and Publisher

Dominique Raccah is the CEO & publisher of Sourcebooks, the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in the country; producing everything from bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in children’s books and college guides, twenty-five New York Times Bestsellers and over twenty national bestsellers. Sourcebooks’ publishing culture is one of innovation. This attitude led into pioneering a line of cutting edge, bestselling mixed-media titles (MediaFusion) and resulted in an early involvement in digital book projects, iPhone and iPad apps, enhanced eBooks and several exciting digital partnerships. Dominique also currently serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group.

Lorraine Shanley
Market Partners International

Lorraine Shanley is a principal of Market Partners International, a consulting firm that specializes in traditional and digital publishing in the US and internationally.  Her expertise includes market research, development and planning; multi-channel marketing, distribution and fulfillment, and executive search.

Oren Teicher
American Booksellers Association

Angela Tribelli
Chief Marketing Officer
HarperCollins Publishers

Len Vlahos
Executive Director
Book Industry Study Group

Nina von Moltke
VP Digital Publishing Development
Random House

Nina is overseeing the Digital Publishing Development Group at Random House Inc. Her team is comprised of the corporate digital product development teams that are focused on creating and bringing to market new digital experiences beyond the narrative text-based ebook formats as well as the Audio Group, Living Language, Reference, and Fodor’s Travel Guides – business lines that already derive a large part of their revenue from digital formats.

Jennifer Weltz
Jean V. Naggar Agency

As Vice President of JVNLA, Inc. (The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.), Jennifer Weltz , has made over 2,000 deals domestically, internationally and for film for nearly two decades. She spearheaded the Agency's moves into Social Networking and supporting the Agency's clients in this area. Most recently she has guided the Agency into a new venture offering co-agent reprint services to US agencies. Jennifer is an active member of the Electronics committee as well as the International Rights committee of the AAR.