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Independent Publishers Group Announces Reorganization of its Global Management Team

February 2, 2024


Contact: Julia Dillman | Corporate Communications
312.337.0747 | [email protected]

CHICAGO and LONDON - In its commitment to further refine its shared services model, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) has announced the reorganization of its global management team.

IPG has appointed Tim McCall as its new VP of Sales. Leveraging his extensive experience in both Big 5 and independent publishing, McCall will lead IPG's US sales team to develop and implement dynamic new sales strategies. McCall will also manage IPG's Barnes & Noble account. In a recent communication to publishers, IPG's CEO, Joe Matthews, said, "I am very enthusiastic about bringing an experienced new leader to the business. I hope to see the sales team become more publisher-centric and focused on those customers and special sales that make the most impact for our publishers and the authors they serve."

In his expanded role as VP of International Trade Sales, Scott Hatfill will lead an initiative to establish domestic UK trade accounts, one of several strategic sales initiatives for 2024. In addition to his sales responsibilities, Hatfill will collaborate with IPG's business development team to open new international distribution channels and sign new publishers to IPG's portfolio. IPG's UK Head of Sales, Michelle Zappa, and the domestic UK sales team will continue to drive academic and professional sales in the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world (excluding the US) through IPG's Eurospan program.

IPG's VP of Business Management, Mark Noble, who served as the company's VP of Operations for over a decade, will oversee the department again as part of an expanded interim role. Clark Matthews has been appointed to oversee IPG's Chicago warehouse and the Digital Print team while continuing to serve as the VP, GM, Book Manufacturing and Distribution Center Services.

IPG has promoted Brooke O'Donnell to Senior VP of International Business Development, where she will continue to sign publishers to IPG's Trafalgar Square Publishing and Spanish language programs. IPG has also promoted Sidney Thompson to Business Development Manager, where she will track IPG's pipeline of new business, draft and review contracts and provide a point of contact for IPG's publishers.


About Independent Publishers Group:

Founded in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. Today, IPG’s wide reach into the book market includes distribution of both print and e-books from a wide array of publishers, digital printing and traditional publishing. With consistent growth year over year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its publishing partners in the United States and worldwide. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987, and this acquisition formed the parent company Chicago Review Press, Inc., which now owns Chicago-based indie publishers Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books. In 2021, IPG acquired UK-based United Independent Distributors (UID) and its subsidiary companies Eurospan, Marston Book Services and Orca Book Services, extending IPG’s global menu of services.