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ABEBOOKS.COM RESTRUCTURES MANAGEMENT AS COO BORIS WERTZ DEPARTS
(Victoria, BC – 31 October, 2007) After more than five years with the world’s largest Internet marketplace for books, Boris Wertz, Chief Operating Officer at AbeBooks.com, will transition out of his operational role with the company at the end of October.
While continuing as a member of the AbeBooks board and as an advisor on key projects, Boris is creating a Vancouver-based venture capital business with Burda Digital Ventures – the German media company who is the majority shareholder in AbeBooks.com. His new venture will target consumer Internet investment opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.
“Boris has been a key figure in our success over the past five years so we’re sad to see him leave,” said AbeBooks.com CEO Hannes Blum. “The good news is that he will still be able to make valuable contributions as a member of our board.”
Three existing employees - Laura-Lea Berna, Shaun Jamieson and Thomas Nicol - will take over his responsibilities in a new-look senior management team.
Laura-Lea Berna is promoted to VP of Operations. She has been with AbeBooks since September 2002 in a variety of positions, most recently Director of Customer Support and Operations.
Shaun Jamieson is promoted to Director of Sales and Account Management, and also president of Fillz.com – one of AbeBooks’ subsidiaries. Shaun joined in December 2004 and was Manager of Sales and Account Management and Director of Business development for Fillz.
Thomas Nicol, Director of Marketing since April 2007, takes on additional responsibilities, including a position on the board of BookFinder.com – another subsidiary company.
Boris joined AbeBooks.com in July 2002 after JustBooks, an online marketplace for books that he had co-founded in Germany, was acquired by AbeBooks.com.
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