While there is consensus about the demand for digital content, the markets and distribution mechanisms are still somewhat unclear. Weary of short term, tactical responses to this changing landscape, publishers are struggling to determine the right long-term strategy for managing, monetizing, and distributing their digital content.
Of course costs are also a concern—can publishers afford to make the investments necessary to compete in the digital marketplace? And can they afford not to?
This session will focus on the tectonic shifts taking place in the market and the ways that publishers can adapt by partnering with companies such as Ingram. Ingram (and like companies) are making the investments to develop scalable solutions that meet the needs of publishers, large and small. From the secure, robust platform for storing digital assets, to the conversion, distribution, and marketing tools to deliver that content, combined with the flexibility to offer the right format to each market, Ingram is developing solutions for publishers to succeed now and in the future.
John R. Ingram was named Vice Chairman of Ingram Industries Inc. in June of 1999. He also serves as Chairman of Ingram Book Group, Lightning Source Inc., and Ingram Digital Group.
He was previously President of Ingram Book Company, Vice President of Purchasing for Ingram Micro Europe, and Director of Purchasing for Ingram Micro Inc. in Santa Ana, California.
Mr. Ingram joined Ingram Industries Inc. in 1986. Early in his career, he served as the Assistant Treasurer of Ingram Industries and as President of Tennessee Book Company, a subsidiary of Ingram Book Group.
He earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from Princeton University in 1984, and received his master of business administration degree in 1986 from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Ingram is a member of the Board of Directors of Ingram Micro Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Book Foundation and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Vanderbilt University, Montgomery Bell Academy, and The Harpeth Hall School in Nashville. In addition, Mr. Ingram is Chairman of two capital campaigns, Vanderbilt Athletics and Currey Ingram Academy. He is also a member of the Charles Davis Foundation.
Mr. Ingram is married with four children.
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