Kobo Executive Team

Michael Tamblyn - President and CEO

Michael Tamblyn

President and CEO

Michael is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo. Driving growth, profitability and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market, he combines a passion for reading with a deep focus on the hardware and software experiences that can make a customer’s reading life better. A passionate and engaging presenter and commentator, Michael speaks internationally on digital media, publishing and mobile technology and has been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, Canadian Business, National Post, Globe and Mail and The New York Times. Additionally, he oversees Rakuten's other eReading businesses including OverDrive, the world leader in ebook services for libraries, and Aquafadas, a world leader in interactive publishing. Michael has been a part of Rakuten Kobo’s executive team since its inception in 2009, and previously held the role of Chief Content Officer.

Prior to joining Kobo, Michael was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency, BookNet Canada and co-founded Canada’s first online bookstore, Bookshelf.ca, purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998 to create Indigo.ca, where he served as VP of Online Operations.

Michael holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

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Trevor Hunter - Chief Technology Officer

Trevor Hunter

CTO

Trevor is the Chief Technology Officer at Rakuten Kobo, and is responsible for the innovative technology behind all facets of Kobo’s world-class eReading service. He oversees the engineering practice that holds quality and innovation in high regard, while always keeping the key focus on what customers want and need in a digital reading ecosystem. Previously, Trevor held the role of Enterprise Architect at Rakuten Kobo, where he devised actionable strategies to support the company’s business goals by employing best practices, while ensuring development and operational reliability for internet-scale architectures.

Prior to joining Rakuten Kobo, Trevor held various roles at Infusion, where he grew his experience as a trusted advisor through his work across a diverse set of verticals including retail, travel & hospitality, and financial services.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Ulster.

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Alan MacNevin - CMO & EVP

Alan MacNevin

CMO & EVP

Alan is the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President at Rakuten Kobo, and is responsible for brand, the customer lifecycle, customer loyalty, and oversees the Big Data and CRM organizations. He has unparalleled knowledge about Rakuten Kobo’s customers, and focuses on the customer relationship from acquisition to retention.

Alan also serves as Chief Strategy Officer of OverDrive, Inc. based in Cleveland, Ohio.  OverDrive is the world’s leader in ebook lending in partnership with more than 30,000 public libraries and schools.  

Prior to joining Kobo, he held marketing positions at Chapters Online, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and Bell Mobility. Most recently, Alan served on the executive team at Sirius Satellite Radio as VP, CRM, where he was also a founding member of the management team for the Canadian organization.

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Dan Budlovsky - EVP, Finance

Dan Budlovsky

EVP, Finance

As Rakuten Kobo’s Executive Vice President, Finance, Dan is responsible for keeping the company’s financial house in order as Rakuten Kobo grows its market share and expands globally. He is responsible for setting the financial strategy and overseeing the finance department’s activities, which include financial planning & performance management; internal controls & compliance; and operational support for all areas of the business. Since he joined Rakuten Kobo in its first year of operation, Dan has played a key role in the achievement of many milestones, including the establishment of foundational system implementations during the start-up phase; sell-side deal support throughout the Rakuten acquisition phase; and leading financial due diligence initiatives in the course of closing several key strategic partnership agreements and acquisitions that have proved pivotal in the company’s on-going hyper-growth initiatives.

Prior to joining Rakuten Kobo, Dan held several executive finance positions at growth-oriented technology companies including: Novator eCommerce, PlateSpin, and Open Text where he contributed to strategic decision-making and the establishment of foundational processes connected to the financial objectives. Prior to his experience in the technology field, Dan worked at KPMG while attaining his professional accountancy designation.

Dan holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University; he also holds his Chartered Professional Accountancy designation.

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Brad Jackson - EVP Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Brad Jackson

EVP Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Brad is Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Manufacturing. In this role, he oversees sales operations and is responsible for leading all elements of the global supply chain, which include forecasting, vendor management, inventory, cost management, distribution, and compliance. He oversees all business processes which will efficiently support Rakuten Kobo’s global expansion and distribution needs, while improving flexibility and reducing costs.

Brad’s career spans some 20 years, with extensive experience in technology, supply chain, product realization and strategic business development. He has broad-based executive leadership expertise spanning design, engineering, manufacturing operations, business development, sales, marketing, strategy and innovation. He is committed to adding customer value and driving exceptional business growth, and ensures organizational success through aligning strategic vision, innovation, insight-based selling and the application of analytical and problem solving skills.

Brad holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Queen’s University, in electrical engineering, computer and microelectronics.

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Pieter Swinkels - EVP, Publisher Relations and Content

Pieter Swinkels

EVP, Publisher Relations and Content

Pieter is the Executive Vice President, Publisher Relations and Content and is responsible for managing Rakuten Kobo’s global publisher relations team for ebooks and magazines. In his role, he oversees publisher relationships, acquisition, publisher operations and Kobo Writing Life, Kobo’s independent publishing business.

Pieter joined Rakuten Kobo in 2011 and was formerly Vice President, Publisher Relations and Merchandising for non-English territories.

Before joining the company, Pieter worked in the international publishing industry, most recently as Publisher and Vice Director at De Bezige Bij (The Busy Bee) in Amsterdam. He holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Amsterdam and MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College, Dublin.

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Dave Anderson - EVP, Content Sales

Dave Anderson

EVP, Content Sales

Dave is the Executive Vice President of Content Sales at Rakuten Kobo. Managing a global team of local merchandising and sales leads in almost 20 countries, he is responsible for growing revenue and margin of the eBook business worldwide. Dave oversees merchandising, promotions and pricing as well as content analytics, and works closely with the CRM and Big Data teams to optimize the Kobo offering, ensuring every customer finds the right book at the right price.

Dave joined Kobo in 2011 and was formerly the Vice President, Publisher Relations and Merchandising for English territories.

Before joining Kobo, Dave was a management consultant with Accenture where he focused on retail operations and international market expansion. Prior to Accenture, Dave spent seven years with Indigo Books & Music Inc. working in the areas of supply chain, inventory management and assortment planning. Dave holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School.

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