Sebastopol, CA—O'Reilly Media announces that Joe Wikert has joined the company as General Manager, O'Reilly Technology Exchange (OTX). Wikert comes to O'Reilly from the Professional/Trade division of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, where he served as Vice President and Executive Publisher, with management responsibility for the WROX and Sybex imprints.
"Joe brings deep experience in technology publishing to his new position, but perhaps even more important, he embodies the innovative, adventurous 'alpha geek' spirit we believe is key to succeeding in today's publishing environment," said Laura Baldwin, O'Reilly COO and CFO. "His vision of the future of publishing is very much aligned with O'Reilly's. I'm delighted to bring his leadership to our flagship OTX division as we focus on building new ways to disseminate information to today's technologists."
The OTX division, which publishes O'Reilly's storied "animal books," serves the developers and system administrators who have been a key O'Reilly constituency throughout the company's 30-year history. Wikert is spearheading the expansion of the OTX publishing program into a broader offering that spans print, online, and in-person products and services.
Wikert's perspicacious observations on the art and science of publishing can found on his Publishing 2020 blog and his Kindleville blog.
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