Sourcebooks Appoints Barbara Briel First Chief Operating Officer

By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid

The c-suite at Sourcebooks just got a little more crowded.

For the first time ever, the Naperville, IL-based publisher will have a chief operating officer. Barbara Briel has been promoted to the role of senior vice president and COO from her position as vice president and director of administration and finance.

In her new role, Briel will be taking over the management of all of the company’s daily operations.

Briel joined Sourcebooks in 2004 as an accounting manager and was promoted in 2007 to her vice president role. Briel came from Hanley Wood, a Washington, D.C.-based trade-magazine publisher, where she was vice president, controller. She has also held other finance and accounting positions at other magazine companies.

Sourcebooks has gained a reputation as a cutting-edge and experimental publisher under the leadership of CEO Dominique Raccah. In January, at the Digital Book World conference, Raccah announced that Sourcebooks would be adoptingagile” content development methods. In March, Sourcebooks continued to innovate with its 2Go series of enhanced e-books. And, most recently, it launched an e-book subscription service dedicated to romance readers called Discover a New Love.

While Briel will be taking over the daily operations at Sourcebooks, Raccah will continue to lead the company’s innovation efforts.

“Barb has done an extraordinary job helping me transform Sourcebooks into the company it’s become today,” said Raccah. “I tend to focus on creating the future, and I’ve been able to do that because of the important work that Barb is doing to further the complex operations and strategic aims of our organization.”

The company made several other promotions today, including Nick Martinelli to Web development manager, Danielle Jackson to senior publicist. Martinelli joined Sourcebooks in 2005 as an intern and most recently was a website administrator. Jackson joined the company in 2008 as an intern and previously held the title of publicist.

During the recent economic downturn, Sourcebooks has made a concerted effort to grow, taking advantage of a strong pool for labor and weakened competitors, according to Raccah. The company’s headcount has swelled to nearly 100 employees, up from 69 in 2007.

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