Kobo Appoints Former Apple Sales Director
Jean-Marc Dupuis to Oversee its European Expansion
Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced that it has appointed Jean-Marc Dupuis, a former Apple Sales Director who was instrumental in the company doubling its revenue in Europe, as its new Managing Director for EMEA.
Based in Paris, Dupuis brings more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry and will work with Kobo’s EVP and General Manager of Devices, Wayne White, to lead Kobo’s expansion strategy across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Kobo, which owns 20 percent of the global eReader market [source: DigiTimes] and has users in 190 countries, has established localized eReading services in 12 countries around the world and is continuing its momentum in 2013 with plans for aggressive growth.
Prior to joining Kobo, Dupuis was at Apple Inc. as Sales Director for South Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where he was responsible for territory sales teams. During his tenure at Apple, he was instrumental in increasing customer partnerships in Europe, expanding Apple’s business in emerging countries and more than doubling revenue in many countries. Prior to his role at Apple, Dupuis held several leadership positions at Creative Labs, as well as at Borland, SPC, Multilog, and Michelin.
“Jean-Marc is an ideal addition to our leadership team,” says Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo. “His knowledge of the digital space, coupled with his experience running billion dollar businesses at companies like Apple, make him an integral part of the Kobo team. Together we’ll push forward the company’s 2013 objectives, with European expansion being a top priority.”
Dupuis holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Penn State University and a DESCAF in International Business from CERAM Sophia Antipolis. His most recent read was Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times by Larry Kramer.
“It’s phenomenal to join Kobo at a time when the brand is gaining such impressive traction worldwide,” says Jean-Marc Dupuis, Managing Director, EMEA, Kobo. “Kobo is a fast-growing force in the digital sector in a time when digital media consumption and the appetite for eReading continue to grow. I look forward to bringing my experience and knowledge to the Kobo team to further grow the brand.”
For more information, please visit www.kobo.com.
About Kobo Inc.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering more than 3-million eBooks, magazines and newspapers. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo has built an open-standards platform to provide consumers with a choice when reading. Kobo has expanded to 190 countries, where millions of consumers have access to localized eBook catalogues and award-winning eReaders, like the Kobo Touch. With top-ranked eReading applications for Apple, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows products, Kobo allows consumers to make eReading social through Facebook Timeline and Reading Life, an industry-first social experience that lets users earn awards for time spent reading and encourage others to join in. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains across the globe.