Skip Prichard, who oversaw the integration of several different Ingram divisions into what is now known as the Ingram Content Group, will step down as president and CEO June 8. Ingram Content chairman John Ingram will assume Prichard’s duties as CEO.
Prichard joined Ingram in 2007 and beginning in 2009 directed a restructuring that melded the Ingram Book Company, Ingram Digital, and Lightning Source into the Ingram Content Group. Under his leadership, Ingram expanded its digital distribution capabilities, broadened its print-on-demand Lightning Source unit by establishing a series of networks overseas, and took on more back-end operations for publishers. To promote the new Ingram, Prichard was a regular on the conference tour, often serving as the keynote speaker at different events. He also created the Leadership Insights blog at www.skipprichard.com, something he will continue to do.
“Skip rebranded and refocused our efforts within Ingram Content, and through a well-designed strategy, hard work and energetic leadership repositioned our companies to succeed in the fast changing publishing environment,” said John Ingram in a statement.
Prichard said he decided to leave because he has completed what he set out to do “I signed up to accomplish certain goals, and those goals have all been met one by one,” he said. “With solid positions in all of our markets yielding terrific results, I feel I have accomplished what I set out to do. I now will do some consulting and then look for a new role that will consume me as much as this one has.”
John Ingram said as CEO he will “continue to focus Ingram’s capabilities to help content creators, publishers, institutions and retailers respond to the changing content marketplace and to provide creative solutions across the content supply chain.”
A spokesperson said he expects both Prichard and John Ingram to be at BEA.