News Release: November 3, 2003
ABEBOOKS ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF BORIS WERTZ TO CHIEF OPERATING
(Victoria, BC, November 1, 2003)-AbeBooks, the world's largest
online marketplace for used, rare and out-of-print books, today
announced the promotion of Boris Wertz to Chief Operating Officer
Boris moves from his role as Vice President, Marketing and Business
Development into this newly created position where his expanded
responsibilities include overseeing marketing and business development,
customer service, product development, and bookseller communications.
"I'm really looking forward to this new challenge,"
Hannes Blum, AbeBooks President commented: "Boris understands
all the elements of our growing company and can see the future
from an international angle. It's a key position to enable our
Boris Wertz joined AbeBooks when JustBooks, the European online
book marketplace that he helped found, was acquired in 2001. At
JustBooks, Boris was responsible for Marketing, Business Development,
IT as well as the international expansion of the company into
the UK and France. Before starting JustBooks, Boris successfully
finished his PhD as well as his graduate studies at the Graduate
School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics
/ Business Management.
AbeBooks is the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare,
and out-of-print books with over 45 million books listed by 12,000
booksellers. AbeBooks connects those who buy books with those
who sell books, providing abundant selection at affordable prices.
AbeBooks is a global company based in Victoria BC, with websites
dedicated to bookbuyers in North America (AbeBooks.com), the UK
(AbeBooks.co.uk), France (AbeBooks.fr), and Germany (AbeBooks.de).
Through strategic partnerships with Amazon, Barnes & Noble,
and eBay/Half.com, AbeBooks has become the most important virtual
supplier of used books while expanding sales avenues for booksellers.
Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr., AbeBooks.com