Oren Teicher, the American Booksellers Association's new Chief Executive Officer, today announced the appointment of Len Vlahos to fill the post of Chief Operating Officer. The position was vacated when the ABA Board promoted Teicher to CEO.
"It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Len Vlahos to the position of ABA COO," said Teicher. "In his tenure here at ABA, Len has performed with enormous care and skill on projects as varied as the association's start-up of BookSense.com to invigorating our education programs. Len's in-depth knowledge and deep understanding of the wide variety of issues facing indie booksellers make him the obvious choice to become ABA's new COO. I could not be more delighted that he has accepted this new challenge, and that he and I will be able to continue working closely together."
"I'm honored and thrilled about this opportunity," Vlahos said. "I consider myself very fortunate to be able to work on behalf of independent bookstores. The mission of ABA is critically important to our culture and our local economies. I'm also delighted to be working for and with Oren. I've learned a tremendous amount from him during my time at ABA, and only hope that I bring the same professionalism and acumen to the position of COO that he did."
Vlahos joined the ABA staff in 1992 and has held several positions during that time, including industry relations manager, communications director, e-commerce director, and education director. Most recently, Vlahos served as ABA's Chief Program Officer. Prior to joining the association, he worked in independent, university, and chain bookstores. In 1997, Vlahos left ABA for a year to work at Yoyodyne, Seth Godin's Internet marketing firm. During his tenure at ABA, Vlahos' noted accomplishments have included the development, launch, and growth of ABA's IndieCommerce program (formerly BookSense.com), as well as a complete overhaul of ABA's education program, including the creation and execution of the very successful Winter Institute.
As Chief Operating Officer, Vlahos will serve as the deputy executive, and, under the direction of Teicher, will have overall responsibility for daily operational issues. He will continue to directly oversee the association's education program, e-commerce program, and will serve as ABA's point person on digital initiatives.