Kobo Executive Team

Michael Tamblyn - President and CEO

Michael Tamblyn

President & CEO

Michael is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo. Driving growth, profitability and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market, he combines a passion for reading with a deep focus on the hardware and software experiences that can make a customer’s reading life better. A passionate and engaging presenter and commentator, Michael speaks internationally on digital media, publishing and mobile technology and has been featured in the New Yorker, Wired, Canadian Business, National Post, Globe and Mail and the New York Times.

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Michael has been a part of Rakuten Kobo’s executive team since its inception in 2009, and previously held the role of Chief Content Officer. Prior to joining Kobo, Michael was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency, BookNet Canada and co-founded Canada’s first online bookstore, Bookshelf.ca, purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998 to create Indigo.ca, where he served as VP of Online Operations.

Michael holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

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Anna Giagkou - Chief Financial Officer

Anna Giagkou

CFO

Anna Giagkou is the Chief Financial Officer at Rakuten Kobo, responsible for the company’s financial management and accountability, as well as guiding future growth. In her role overseeing the finance team, Anna oversees the financial strategy, performance, and growth across all business pillars.

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Prior to joining Rakuten Kobo, Anna was the Chief Financial Officer at Cox Automotive Canada, where she was responsible for the development of financial strategies, supporting optimization of operations, managing and reporting finances and driving results across all lines of business. Anna holds a CPA, CMA designation and serves on a number of boards, including Senior Persons Living Connected (SPLC).

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Trevor Hunter - Chief Technology Officer

Trevor Hunter

CTO

Trevor is the Chief Technology Officer at Rakuten Kobo, and is responsible for the innovative technology behind all facets of Kobo’s world-class eReading service. He oversees the engineering practice that holds quality and innovation in high regard, while always keeping the key focus on what customers want and need in a digital reading ecosystem. Previously, Trevor held the role of Enterprise Architect at Rakuten Kobo, where he devised actionable strategies to support the company’s business goals by employing best practices, while ensuring development and operational reliability for internet-scale architectures.

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Prior to joining Rakuten Kobo, Trevor held various roles at Infusion, where he grew his experience as a trusted advisor through his work across a diverse set of verticals including retail, travel & hospitality, and financial services.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Ulster.

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Marianne Hamilton - CMO

Marianne Hamilton

CMO

Marianne Hamilton is the Chief Marketing Officer of Rakuten Kobo. Responsible for the entire customer journey, from acquisition and retention to ebook, audiobook and eReader sales, she applies an integrated marketing discipline to deliver brand and business growth. Marianne is a dynamic leader and strong collaborator who motivates diverse teams toward improving reading lives, based on our core belief that life is better with books.

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A communications professional with a certificate in media and advertising, Marianne worked agency-side doing public relations, social media and product marketing for several Fortune 500 companies. She also led Canada's marketing organization for Motorola during the advent of Android smartphones. Marianne joined Rakuten Kobo in 2012 to increase the company's marketing and sales impact through its global network of retail partners.

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Pieter Swinkels - EVP, Publisher Relations and Content

Pieter Swinkels

CCO

Pieter Swinkels is the Chief Content Officer at Rakuten Kobo, a global leader in digital reading. Pieter is responsible for the growth of Kobo’s worldwide content catalogue and driving business relationships with publishers, agents and authors. In addition, his responsibilities include expanding the Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform, expanding the Kobo Plus subscriptions service, and continuing to build out the Kobo Originals program of new and exclusive eBooks, audiobooks and podcast content.

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Pieter formerly held the role of Executive Vice President of Publisher Relations and Content.

Prior to joining Rakuten Kobo in 2011, Pieter worked in the international publishing industry, most notably as Publisher at De Bezige Bij in Amsterdam.

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Dave Anderson - EVP, Content Sales

Dave Anderson

CSO

Dave Anderson is the Chief Strategy Officer at Rakuten Kobo, focusing on strategy and corporate development; big data and analytics; and global supply chain.

Working closely with the CEO and executive team, Dave is responsible for developing, communicating and managing the company’s strategic direction. His team is the insight hub for the company and is responsible for applying machine learning and big data techniques to analyze and interpret customer behaviours, business performance and product trends. Finally, Dave’s team manages all the complexities of a global consumer electronics supply chain.

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Before joining Kobo, Dave was a management consultant with Accenture where he focused on retail operations, global supply chain operations and international market expansion. Prior to Accenture, Dave spent seven years with Indigo Books & Music Inc. working in the areas of supply chain, inventory management and assortment planning.

Dave holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School.

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