Publishing Executive Hall of Fame: Honoring the 'Unsung' Heroes' of Publishing
While overseeing production and manufacturing operations has never been easy, its difficulty level has seemingly increased tenfold in recent years. Not only are meeting deadlines and quality standards paramount today, but cost-cutting, managing an ever-increasing workload with fewer and fewer resources (i.e., automating anything and everything), and adapting to the realities of digital publishing are now neck-and-neck for first priority.
Sometimes referred to as the "unsung heroes" of publishing, production and manufacturing executives are most often behind the scenes, but in today's market, their skills—insane flexibility, ambassador-like interpersonal skills that must keep the peace (while moving the army) and the ability to anticipate the inevitable "what-ifs"—are ever more essential to their companies as they adapt to a changing publishing world.
The Publishing Executive Hall of Fame (GoldInk.com) recognizes the significant contributions that production and manufacturing executives make to the publishing industry. This year's inductees have been nominated by their peers and selected to take their place among those who have, over the past 19 years, received the nation's most prestigious honor in print production. They join a select group that has grown to become a veritable "who's who" of executives demonstrating excellence in publishing production and manufacturing. They will be recognized for their significant achievements at the Gold Ink Awards/Hall of Fame Banquet at the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place in Chicago, Sept. 14, during Print '09. This year's inductees are:
• John Blanchard, Vice President, Manufacturing, Reed Business Information
• Shona Burns, Executive Director, Production, Chronicle Books
• Mark W. White, Vice President, Manufacturing and Distribution, U.S. News & World Report
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