American Booksellers Association Chief Financial Officer Robyn DesHotel will be leaving her position in August to join the National Co+op Grocers, a business services cooperative for retail cooperative grocery stores located throughout the United States. DesHotel will be relocating to the Twin Cities with her family, living in Minneapolis and working in St. Paul.
Coming from PEN American Center, DesHotel joined ABA in March 2015, replacing longtime CFO Ellie Chang. A graduate of Rice University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, DesHotel brought more than 20 years of finance-related experience to her position at ABA.
“This is bittersweet news for all of us at ABA,” said CEO Oren Teicher. “Robyn has served ABA extraordinarily well. She’s vastly improved our financial reporting capability, helped us budget far more effectively, and ensured that ABA has continued to receive a perfectly clean annual letter from our outside auditor. Beyond that, she has managed our ever-changing insurance company, LIBRIS; delivered quality financial education to our members; and improved our IT audit compliance and services. It would be difficult to list all of her accomplishments; they have been many!”
Teicher, who is retiring later this year, has elected to defer the appointment of a new permanent CFO until his successor as CEO is in place, which will allow the new CEO to make the appointment and organize ABA staff as they see fit. Teicher is currently working with Concorde Accounting and Financial Staffing, Inc. to recruit an interim CFO to serve ABA through February 2020.