Keel Hunt
News Release
01 Mar 2000
Lightning Expanding Digital Capabilities

LA VERGNE, TN – Lightning Print Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Industries Inc., has named G. Phil Clark as chief technology officer and Susan Peterson as vice president for publisher development to strengthen the company’s position as a leading provider of print-on-demand services and expand its digital content delivery capabilities.

"As the book industry continues to evolve in the world of e-commerce, the technology that Lightning pioneered for print-on-demand services becomes increasingly important," President & CEO Ed Marino said. "As we accelerate the expansion of our business, our top priorities are to grow our technological capacity and expand the services we offer to publishers."

"Susan and Phil are widely recognized as top-notch talent in their respective fields," Marino said. "Their expertise uniquely qualifies them to help build Lightning’s reputation as the most trusted name in the digital delivery of books and related products to publishers, retailers and consumers."

Phil Clark will be responsible for all aspects of Lightning’s technology infrastructure, research, product development, and strategic alliances. His experience in developing high capacity print-on-demand production control systems and designing digital services will give Lightning a competitive advantage in the industry.

"We are on the forefront of dynamic changes in the book industry as new technology provides unlimited possibilities from e-books to short-run print jobs," Clark said. "By enhancing our technology capabilities, Lightning will be poised as the preeminent provider of digital content."

Clark comes to Lightning from Danka Services International, where he served most recently as vice president and chief technology officer. At Danka, Clark drove the company’s technology and digital services strategy. Previously, he was a founding senior manager at Kodak Imaging Services (now Danka), where he established the firm’s technology integration organization. He received a master's degree in computer engineering from National Technological University and his bachelor's degree in computer science from Covenant College.

Susan Peterson, who has 25 years of experience in trade publishing, will lead a high-level executive team in forging key partnerships with clients in the book and corporate marketplace. These relationships will significantly enhance Lightning’s access to content for its print-on-demand and future e-book businesses.

"Lightning has long been regarded as the premier provider of quality, reliable services to the book industry," stated Peterson. "We pride ourselves in listening to the publishers and understanding their needs. We plan to build on that reputation among publishers in an ongoing effort to grow our digital library."

Previously, Peterson was a retail sales executive at Bantam Doubleday Dell, managing the sale of all of the firm’s product lines into the retail market. She has also served as the director of sales and marketing at Running Press, where she guided the launch of SISTERS, a million-copy seller, onto the bestseller list. Peterson has been a consultant to Ingram Book Group since September and will continue to work in the New York City area.

The announcement of Clark and Peterson comes on the heels of a number of other major announcements in recent weeks, all aimed at expanding Lightning's capabilities and services including: * New President & CEO Ed Marino named * Plans underway to open new, expanded printing facility in La Vergne, TN in April, 2000 * New press installed and staff expanded to handle increased printing production demand at the La Vergne, TN, production facility * Digital book library expanded to include more than 7,000 actively-ordered titles * Experienced a tripling of demand in the fourth quarter of 1999 for Lightning Print's new drop ship service for publishers. Lightning can now ship directly to customers at the publisher's request. * Lightning program expanded to include more than 400 participating publishers * Surpassed the half-million mark in the number of print-on-demand books shipped. The total is expected to exceed 700,000 by the end of March.

Lightning Source Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Industries Inc., provides a comprehensive suite of demand-driven publishing solutions for publishers. The company is revolutionizing the options available to the industry in the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. Lightning Source stores books and other information electronically and delivers them “on demand” in either traditional printed format or as e-Books in response to orders from booksellers, librarians, and publishers. Lightning Source has printed over 40,000,000 books for over 4,500 publishers around the world. For more information, visit our website at
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