AUSTIN, TX, January 30, 2012 — Today, Kirkus Media announced the appointment of Meg LaBorde Kuehn as chief operating officer. This promotion is part of Kirkus’ strategy to continue its aggressive expansion into new lines of business, including digital marketing solutions for publishers and a growing suite of services for unpublished and self-published authors. Since February of 2011, Kuehn has been serving as the vice president of business development, leading the sales growth of each of Kirkus’ revenue channels.
“Meg has been instrumental in developing the strategy for Kirkus’ growth,” said Marc Winkelman, president and publisher of Kirkus. “She has been a key contributor in forging critical partnerships and positioning Kirkus for a launch into new markets.”
Kuehn began her career in publishing almost 14 years ago as a literary publicist. From 2000-2008, she was executive vice president and then chief operating officer of Greenleaf Book Group, helping to build Greenleaf into one of the fastest growing companies in America. (It was named to the Inc. 500 list in 2006). From 2006 to 2008, Kuehn also served as Deputy Publisher at Bard Press, the business book publisher best known for the national bestsellers, NUTS! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success and Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Red Book of Selling. By the end of her first decade in the book industry, Kuehn had worked with more than 300 authors and launched multiple bestsellers. In 2008, Kuehn was profiled in Publishers Weekly’s “50 under 40” feature.
In 2009, Kuehn carried her business development and marketing expertise to the technology sector and joined eLoyalty Corporation (now Mattersight Corporation, NASDAQ: MATR) as head of marketing and inside sales for Behavioral Analytics™, where she built their lead generation engine and inside sales infrastructure.
As chief operating officer of Kirkus, Kuehn will report to the company’s president, Marc Winkelman, and lead the business teams of Kirkus Media, including sales and marketing, technology development and author services. Marc Winkelman will maintain his role as publisher, overseeing the editorial team of Kirkus Reviews magazine.
Other organization changes include the promotion of Casey Gannon to marketing director, the appointment of Perry Crowe to director of Kirkus Editorial, Kirkus’ new book editing division, and the addition of Ryan Leahey as indie editor. All three will report to Kuehn.
About Kirkus Media LLC
Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been an authoritative voice in book discovery for almost 80 years. Kirkus Reviews magazine gives industry professionals a sneak peek at the most notable books being published weeks before they’re released. When the books become available for purchase, Kirkus serves the reviews to consumers in a weekly email newsletter and on KirkusReviews.com, giving readers unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust.
Kirkus also has a full suite of author services, including Kirkus Indie, a review service for self-publishers, Kirkus Editorial, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, and Kirkus Marketing, services that help authors get discovered by consumers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives. For more information, visit www.KirkusReviews.com.
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