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.
Mark W. White
Testifying in front of a congressional committee is unlikely at the top of most business executives' lists of career goals—especially these days—and yet it was this act that probably best distinguishes Mark W. White's career to date. Standing in front of the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia, on Oct. 30, 2007, White delivered a brilliant, surgical argument on behalf of publishers everywhere that forced the various interests to rethink their positions and promoted efficient mailing to benefit both the USPS and publishers alike. It is for contributions like these that White, U.S. News & World Report's vice president of manufacturing and distribution, is a 2009 inductee into the Publishing Executive Hall of Fame.