NORTH CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Aug. 30, 2004-- Courier Corporation, one of America's leading book manufacturers and specialty publishers, today announced that after a 45-year career at its Dover Publications unit, Clarence Strowbridge, age 71, will be retiring as President on October 1, 2004, following the end of Courier's fiscal year on September 25th. He will be succeeded by Paul Negri, age 56, a Dover veteran who is currently its Senior Vice President, Publishing and Marketing.
In a related move, the company announced that Eric Zimmerman, age 39, Courier's Vice President of eCommerce, has been promoted to the new position of Vice President, Publishing, with responsibility for Courier's entire specialty publishing segment, which includes both Dover Publications and Research & Education Association (REA).
"For many years Dover has been one of the crown jewels of the specialty publishing industry," said Courier Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James F. Conway III. "Through much of this period, Clarence has been a guiding force in building Dover's worldwide reputation for outstanding content and value. Since Courier's acquisition of Dover in September 2000, Clarence's wisdom and experience have been crucial to the continued growth of Dover's audiences and offerings. Clarence will continue to assist in a part-time role during the coming year.
"At the same time, we are excited about Paul Negri's vision for Dover's future, particularly in conjunction with Eric Zimmerman's promotion to a new role as Courier's Vice President for Publishing. With a new generation of leadership at both Dover and REA, the time was right to realign our structure to better capitalize on opportunities and synergies across our entire specialty publishing segment."
Paul Negri has served Dover in a variety of positions during a 26-year career, including Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President. In accepting his appointment, Mr. Negri said, "I am honored to take on responsibility for this venerable brand and its worldwide family of readers. Clarence has left a great heritage to build on, and I look forward to the challenge of greater growth in the future."
Since joining Courier in 1994, Eric Zimmerman has pioneered the company's move into online marketing, both at Dover Publications and at other Courier businesses. As Vice President of eCommerce, he presided over the successful launch of Dover's business and consumer websites as well as a variety of related domestic and international product development and marketing programs. "The synergies between Dover and REA open up a tremendous array of opportunities in specialty publishing," said Mr. Zimmerman. "By combining traditional and electronic content with traditional and electronic marketing, we are well positioned to address an increasingly diverse audience with tailored initiatives that can be delivered at an accelerated pace. I look forward to capitalizing on these capabilities as our new fiscal year unfolds."
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