Managing Director & SVP Global Sales,
Lightning Source UK
David Taylor joined Lightning Source UK in June 2003 as Business Development Director and was named as Managing Director in December 2003. David took on the additional role of SVP Global Sales for Lightning Source in March 2006. He has over 20 years of experience in the UK and international book trades in a wide variety of roles, covering retail bookselling, international library book and journal supply and internet bookselling.
Before joining Lightning Source, David co founded swotbooks.com Ltd, a niche online company selling paper books and ebooks to the academic community. Swotbooks was shortlisted for a British Book Trade award for innovation in 2002 and was also the subject of a number of best practice case studies. David continues to serve as a non executive director on the swotbooks' Board. David is also a previous director of Blackwell's Book Services, the international library supply company based in Oxford. He is actively involved in the UK bookselling trade association and is both a previous Chairman of the College and University Booksellers group and the Internet Booksellers group, the latter of which he helped to found; he also served on the UK and Irish Booksellers' Association Council for nine years. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has also published a number of articles on the impact that new technologies have had on the bookselling supply chain.
David was born and bred in Wolverhampton, England and refuses to support any other football team other than the Wolves.
David holds two degrees in English Literature from the University of Reading, England and has also completed a Diploma in Management Studies and an MBA. He is an avid reader and book collector and a perhaps less avid cyclist. David is married with two sons and lives in Oxfordshire.
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