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Berkeley Electronic Press names new Vice President of Business Development

Berkeley, CA, April 24, 2008 – Society and peer-reviewed publisher and software developer, The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress), announced today the appointment of Barbara Kaplan to Vice President of Business Development. Barbara will be responsible for worldwide journal sales and for building new partnerships with corporate, academic, and government institutions. She will report to the CEO of bepress, Gordon Tibbitts, and will be based at bepress's headquarters in California. Sean O'Doherty in his role as Vice President of Journal Sales will report to Barbara.

The creation of this new appointment reflects the growth and depth of bepress's journals collection and continues bepress's commitment to ensuring that its partners have access to the best scholarly journals in their fields.

Commenting on the appointment, Gordon Tibbitts said, "Barbara is a great addition to our senior management team. Her vast experience working with consortia and her insight into customer relationship management will enable her to lead our team as we expand our services."

Barbara brings to bepress more than 17 years of sales and client services experience in the publishing industry. Before joining bepress, she held senior positions at Blackwell, Elsevier and Grolier Educational Services, where she worked closely with academic, library, corporate, and government communities. Her experience in building teams that focus on client satisfaction will help bepress better serve its clients.

About bepress

Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. We deliver scholarly communications and publishing services for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact. Through our services bepress seeks to link communities of scholars, listen to their needs, and provide solutions to support emerging academic missions and goals.

Bepress is the provider of Digital Commons, the leading hosted institutional repository software platform. Digital Commons is a suite of tools and services that enables institutions to manage, display, and publish scholarship to the web in a beautiful, highly visible showcase. Digital Commons offers the features of a traditional IR as well as professional-grade publishing software, management tools, and individual faculty and researcher pages to promote and disseminate scholarship and serve academia.

With Digital Commons, universities can collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output, including pre-prints, working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, presentations, creative works, and a wide variety of other content types.