knk is pleased to announce the appointment of David Hetherington to the knk North American leadership team as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) effective immediately. Mr. Hetherington joins knk with a wealth of experience in publishing and publishing software. In his new role, Mr. Hetherington will have both sales and marketing responsibilities. When asked about this new assignment Mr. Hetherington said: “I am looking forward to working in an innovative company, based on the most modern Microsoft technologies and in an inspired team that is dedicated to changing the world of publishing”.
David began his career as a manager in the book-manufacturing group at Simon & Schuster and became Director and later Vice President of Book Manufacturing. For four years, he worked as a consultant at KPMG in the media industry. Later, he held other key roles at Reader’s Digest, Wolters Kluwer Health, Columbia University Press and Baker & Taylor. In addition, he is adjunct professor at Pace University and New York University in their graduate schools of publishing. Prior to joining knk Mr. Hetherington served as Chief Operating Officer of Klopotek North America.
With this appointment, knk’s leadership team in the US is now in place: Headed by Sven Wischhusen, CEO and global deputy for founder Knut Nicholas Krause, Sales and Operations led by COO Sebastian Mayeres, Finance by CFO Edward L. Wood (CPA), and now Marketing headed by CMO David Hetherington, as another experienced publishing expert.
“With the help of Microsoft, we have been the innovation leader in the industry for a number of years now. Last year, we became market leader in Germany by local revenue, too. Now, we are heading to become the market leader in Europe and in the United States. So we are very happy to welcome David to our leadership team,” explains Knut Nicholas Krause.
Mr. Krause is the founder and owner of the knk group and a publishing expert in his own right. Besides other academic accomplishments, he holds a master’s degree in Production Engineering (process optimization) and is committed to innovation in order to help publishers take advantage of the transformation of the media industry. “Different from many competitors, we are constantly investing in the education of our staff. And as leaders, we focus on maintaining a team spirit and an atmosphere that inspires innovation,” he says: “This culture is very attractive to industry and technology experts”.
Edward L. Wood, CFO of knk North America adds: “knk has grown organically by 20 to 30% annually over each of the past five years. But now we are growing by acquisition as well: We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Bradbury Phillips Intl. Ltd a UK-based publishing software company which will add several hundred publishing and literary agency customers to our existing portfolio of 350 customers. While we are now growing organically as well as by acquisition, we remain focused on staying agile and innovative. Thus we expect to achieve overall market leadership in the near future.”
knk offers the only Microsoft Certified business software for publishers in the world. The software is based on the most modern Microsoft technologies, is available on Azure in the cloud, and also with native apps on iOS and Android. It is the only publishing software that has seamlessly incorporated financial functionality, budgeting and BI reporting, embedded Microsoft Dynamics CRM and a truly content-based architecture. knkPublishing is used by about 350 publishers in North America, Europe and Asia and based on the latest web- and BI-technology.
knk is a member of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), FIPP (the global association of periodical media), BISG (The Book Industry Study Group), PPA (Professional Publishers Association) and several other international media specific groups and associations, and a Microsoft-certified Partner (with five gold certifications: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Application Development, Intelligent Systems, Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Platform (SQL)).