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Friday, October 17, 2014
Fred Weber Named Executive Director of Independent College Bookstore Association
October 17, 2014 – Fred Weber, one of the foremost and respected collegiate retail leaders, has been named Executive Director of the Independent College Bookstore Association effective January 1, 2015. Since its inception in 1927, Independent College Bookstore Association (ICBA) continues to be the only professional business cooperative dedicated exclusively to institutional stores. Annual sales of ICBA stores vary from $1 million to over $50 million, with an average annual sales of $10 million, and total sales of over $1.4 billion. Weber has held a number of executive positions at the Follett Higher Education Group, including Senior Vice President Wholesale and Distribution Services, Senior Vice President Strategic Planning and Communications, and Vice President Sales and Marketing. In his new role, Weber is responsible for leadership and administration of ICBA in unison with the ICBA Board of Directors. Weber holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Masters of Business Administration. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at De Paul University in the Driehaus College of Business. “Fred is a high energy, forward-thinking executive, with an impressive performance record,” said ICBA President David Kent. “We look forward to his dynamic leadership at a historic time in both the history of ICBA and of the independent college store channel. Fred brings the innovative spirit that aligns precisely with ICBA’s culture and strategic vision.” “It is with great enthusiasm that I assume the Executive Directorship at ICBA, the most highly respected and productive organization in the industry,” said Weber. “I look forward to delivering new value to the owners, new opportunities to vendors, and continuing strong collaborative initiatives with ICBA’s strategic partners.”