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Andrew Savikas is the Chief Executive Officer at Safari Books Online. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held the positions of VP of Digital Initiatives at O'Reilly Media Program Chair for O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing conference , and interim Chief Executive Officer of Safari Books Online. Andrew blogs at blog.safaribooksonline.com and toc.oreilly.com, and is also a regular contributor to the O'Reilly Radar blog and to "Book: A Futurist's Manifesto," a collection of essays on the future of publishing, http://book.pressbooks.com. Andrew previously led the digital publishing and ebook program and strategy for O'Reilly Media, including both print and digital production of all O'Reilly books. He sits on the board for the Book Industry Study Group and is on advisory boards for Bookshare and the University of Michigan Press. He frequently speaks at technology and publishing conferences all over the world and is also the author of "Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text".
Peter Collingridge is a publishing entrepreneur whose work at the maverick edge of publishing began at UK independent publisher Canongate Books in 1997. He spearheaded the firm's move into digital in 1998 by setting up and running their community website and pioneering the creation of digital marketing techniques for books. In 2005, he set up Apt Studio, a strategic design and marketing consultancy that advises publishers on digital technology and strategy, and which has been described as "The future of book marketing" and "behind the best booky stuff on the web". From Pottermore to the Wylie Agency's Odyssey Editions, Peter has produced more than 25 digital projects for some of the biggest names in publishing, media, the arts and business. In 2008 Peter co-founded Enhanced Editions to drive innovation in publishing and to help shape the future of the book; in 2011 he helped launch Bookseer, an analytics tool for publishers which demonstrates the impact of promotional activity in real-time.
Ms. Daly has had a long and successful record of providing strategy and software for publishers, authors and vendors, working in both the web and publishing industries. In 2008, she developed Bookworm, one of the first open source EPUB readers, and in February of 2010 released Ibis Reader™, the first HTML5 ebook platform. Liza is on the Board of Directors for the International Digital Publishing Forum.
Michael Conner joined Safari Books Online as VP of Outbound TeleSales in May 2008. Mike brings more than 20 years of experience in business to business sales, inside sales, call center integration and executive leadership to Safari. As the VP of Outbound Telesales, Mike successfully created and launched Safari’s first telesales center in Tempe, Arizona on July 3rd, 2008. Safari’s inside sales team will build out to more than 25 sales professionals over the next twelve months and will complement the existing direct sales organization by expanding the reach into new markets and
Most recently, Mike served as the President of Landiscor Aerial Information, a Phoenix based real estate information company, and prior to that opened a similar telesales center for a San Francisco based WiMax broadband company. Michael has also held senior level sales and management positions at NEC Solutions America, Tripodis Corporation, The Associates First Capital and Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. Mike holds a BSBM from University of Phoenix and an MBA from Arizona State University. Mike
also completed the Call Center Management program at the
University of Phoenix.
Mark Brokering joined Safari Books Online in January, 2008. He oversees Safari Books Online’s publisher relations and is the “curator” of the Safari Books Online library, identifying subscriber needs and acquiring content that meets those needs.
Mark brings more than 30 years of publishing experience to Safari Books Online. Before joining the company, Mark worked for ten years at O'Reilly Media, where he served in a number of senior positions, including V.P. of Marketing and Sales and later Associate Publisher. As Associate publisher, he ran the consumer-books division, responsible for the Missing Manual series and all titles on digital-media topics. He was also involved in the initial planning and launch of Safari Books Online in 2001 and continued his involvement with Safari Books Online in its early years.
Before joining O’Reilly, Mark held executive marketing positions at HarperCollins from 1986 to 1996. Prior to that, he served in various marketing and editorial positions at CBS’s Winston-Seabury Press (later purchased by Harper), AGS (now part of Pearson Education) and Meadowbrook Press. Mark earned his MA from the University of Minnesota and his BA degree from St Olaf College.
Mike Byrnes joined Safari in 2006 and has served as Safari Books Online’s Vice President, Enterprise Sales since 2008.
Prior to joining Safari Books Online, Mike worked in sales and management at Follett Resources. Additionally, he has held positions with Telepro Communications and the Bureau of Land Management. He holds a Fellowship in Information Science from Dominican University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana.
Mike joined Safari Books Online in 2007 and has over 15 years of experience in consulting, sales and operations. He has recorded 12 years of experience in the learning industry, with career accomplishments in operations management, general account management, consulting and sales management. Prior to joining Safari Books Online, Mike held various positions at United Parcel Service, SmartForce, and SkillSoft.
Mike currently is responsible for leading the business development and channel management teams at Safari Books Online and works directly with our strategic partner in the academic market – ProQuest, as well as other partners. The business development & channel management team is focused on exploring new partnerships and distribution strategies. Mike earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University and is the Central Area Chair for ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve) in Arizona.
Martin Collinson joined Safari Books Online in 2007 as our Sales Director for EMEA and was responsible for setting up our first International direct sales operation outside the US and building on our existing channel sales in that region. Martin was promoted in 2012 to VP International taking responsibility for all our International Enterprise and Government sales activity outside of the Americas.
Prior to joining Safari Martin had more than 15 years' experience in the e-learning and knowledge management industries including sales management, account management and general management.
Becki Valente joined Safari Books Online (Safari) in January 2006. With more than 20 years of experience in human resources, Becki leads Safari’s global HR function. Reporting to Safari’s COO/CFO, Becki is a member of the executive management team and is responsible for company-wide compensation and benefits, global recruitment, regulatory compliance, all aspects of employee relations as well as a key contributor in the development of Safari’s corporate policies and practices.
Prior to joining Safari, Becki spent 18 years with a nationwide mortgage company in HR leadership roles where she supported all aspects of HR operations, policies, practices, and initiatives. Becki double majored and holds bachelor degrees in both psychology and criminal justice.