Kevin Sayar, President and General Manager
Mr. Sayar has led the company from its conception in 1999 to its current position as a leading e-book provider to libraries worldwide. Mr. Sayar continues to focus on building the high-growth business through the development of innovative research technologies such as DASH!™ (Data Sharing, Fast) and InfoTools™ and flexible acquisition models including patron driven acquisition and subscription. He has also brokered strategic partnerships with companies such as YBP, which has integrated ebrary within its digital and print book acquisition workflow.
Mr. Sayar previously worked for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), considered the U.S. leader in high technology start-up legal representation, and was an independent consultant to several start-up businesses. He holds a J.D. from California Western School of Law and a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
Christopher Radcliffe, Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Radcliffe leads the product development and delivery process at ebrary, balancing entrepreneurial drive with technical management methods. He brings 20 years' strength of direct experience in our key technologies: very large databases, internet delivery of complex content, and digital rights management.
Prior to joining ebrary, he led technical development and engagement management for Journeyman Software, an Internet consultancy which he co-founded, specializing in web-enabled data warehousing and strategic/technical assessment. Mr. Radcliffe was formerly VP of Network Platform Engineering with iBEAM Broadcasting, a streaming content delivery network, leading development and deployment of advanced edge delivery services via satellite multicast as well as terrestrial networks. This was one of the largest, highest-throughput streaming networks ever built.
He has also held senior management and software development positions with Informix, NeXT and InterTrust. He has contributed directly to the development of object oriented technologies, application frameworks and Internet application platforms, and shares key patents on embedded content protection. Mr. Radcliffe holds an M.A. in Economics from The Claremont Graduate School, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jonathan Bunkell , Vice President of E-book Sales, ProQuest
Leslie Lees, Vice President of Content Development
Mr. Lees oversees ebrary's content acquisitions, collection development, and content marketing, and works with the executive staff to develop and drive global strategies. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the publishing and information industry.
Prior to coming to ebrary, Mr. Lees was Director of Product Management for Knovel Corporation, where he was responsible for content acquisition and marketing as well as collection development and pricing for Knovel's prestigious collection of Science and Engineering e-reference books and databases.
Previously, Mr. Lees was Vice President of Content Development at SilverPlatter. He has also been with Princeton University Press and RR Bowker and has consulted for such companies as Cambridge Scientific Abstracts and Nstein Technologies.
Mr. Lees holds both an M.A. and B.A. in English from Cambridge University in England.
Matt Barnes, Vice President of Marketing
As Vice President of Marketing for ebrary, Mr. Barnes leads strategic marketing, communications, product marketing, and partner relations. In this role he is focused on ensuring ebrary develops products and services that help libraries deliver relevant content to their patrons in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.
Previously, Mr. Barnes was appointed to this position after serving as ebrary’s Vice President of North American Sales, where he was instrumental in driving the company’s growth.
Prior to joining ebrary, Mr. Barnes was a consultant at R2 Consulting specializing in selection to access workflow analysis in academic libraries. As part of R2, he analyzed and optimized processes in a wide variety of libraries ranging from some of the most recognized research libraries in the world to highly specialized institutions with very small memberships. His time at R2 provided deep insight into the everyday challenges libraries face developing and optimizing collections for patrons.
Prior to R2, he held several key strategic roles at Blackwell Book Services, including Vice President of Sales and Marketing, where he was responsible for demand generation in the western hemisphere.
Mr. Barnes is a frequent presenter at library conferences on the topics of electronic resources and maintaining the integrity of library collections in the face of budget pressure.