John Squires was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Akadémos, Inc. on April 13th, 2011. John was previously the founder of Next Issue Media, the digital publishing consortium joined by Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corporation and Time Inc. Next Issue Media brought these companies together to develop publishing solutions for tablet reading devices. Prior to Next Issue Media, Squires served as Executive Vice President at Time Inc., where he was responsible for leading digital operations and overseeing Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Money and Golf magazines. John holds a BA degree from the University of Washington.
Bob Breunig, Chief Financial Officer
Bob Breunig was appointed the Chief Financial Officer of Akademos, Inc. in February 2014, and is responsible for overseeing the Company’s financial and human resource functions. Before joining Akademos, Bob was the Chief Financial Officer of Synapse Group, Inc., a division of Time Inc. and the largest provider of subscription marketing services to the magazine industry. Prior to his tenure at Synapse, Bob held various financial positions at Cendant Membership Services, a loyalty marketing company; Fraser Papers, a paper manufacturer; and Arthur Andersen. Bob holds a B.S. degree in business administration from Bucknell University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Geoffrey Katz, Vice President, Program Management
Geoffrey Katz has worked for Akademos in numerous capacities since graduating in 2001, including serving as its Director of Operations until 2009. Since joining the company he has become proficient with the technologies that power the Akademos platform, and has been an integral part of its ongoing development. Geoffrey took a leading role in the launch and development of the Textbookx.com Marketplace, and has overseen its growth to millions of books and hundreds of thousands of sellers. Geoffrey leads the IT Department and ensures that Akademos’ system remains an industry leader and an innovator in its use of technology. Geoffrey holds a B.A. degree from Cornell University.
Daniel Rubin, Vice President, Technology
Daniel Rubin joined Akademos, Inc. in 2002, and is responsible for overseeing the technology development and management of Akademos’ programming team. Daniel architects, plans and manages both the front-end and back-end of our technology platform, including the institutional program and national marketplace. Daniel studied Computer Science at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, where he was awarded the institution’s Principles Scholarship.
Sarah Jensen, Vice President, Operations
Sarah Jensen joined Akademos in 2004 as Marketing Manager, moving to Operations in 2009. She works closely with the IT Department to develop new projects and improve site performance, as well as oversees inventory and warehouse fulfillment, institutional account management, and customer service. Sarah holds a BA degree from Cornell University.
Kirk Bodick, Vice President, Sales
Kirk Bodick was appointed Vice President of Sales of Akadémos, Inc. on March 26, 2012. Previously, Kirk was the Vice President of Institutional Sales – Eastern Region at Pearson Learning Solutions where he was responsible for building C-level relationships at the state, system and institutional level, as well as leveraging Pearson’s vast technology, content and services for selling custom learning solutions in the higher education industry. Prior to his position, Bodick served in multiple management positions for PLATO Learning, Inc., including Regional Vice President for North American Post-Secondary Sales. Kirk holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan.
Jonathan Shar, Chief Marketing Officer
Jonathan Shar was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Akademos Inc on December 8, 2014. Prior to joining Akademos, Jonathan served as General Manager of Barnes & Noble’s NOOK digital content business, where he was responsible for the newsstand, video and application businesses. Prior to NOOK, Shar was the SVP and General Manager of CNNMoney; the web and mobile financial information and business news services site that was a joint venture between Time Inc. and CNN. His early career was within the consumer marketing division of Time Inc., where he rose to the position of Vice President of Consumer Marketing for Sports Illustrated. Jonathan received his MBA from the University of Michigan and his BA from Tufts University.
Board of Directors and Advisors
Dr. Brian Jacobs is currently launching a company focused on the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. He is the founder of Akademos as well as its Chairman of the Board. As a professor at Cornell University, Brian directly experienced the inefficiencies of the textbook industry and consequent excessive costs of course materials. He also saw that the web provided an extraordinary means to address these inefficiencies. His idea of a textbook marketplace was implemented in 2002 in the form of Akademos’ student-facing site, TextbookX.com, and he continues to provide direction for the company in a rapidly evolving industry. Brian, who has published numerous articles in social and political philosophy as well as an essay collection with Cambridge University Press, has been awarded fellowships from Cornell, Yale, University of Göttingen, and the Mellon Foundation. He holds a BA degree from SUNY Albany, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Scott Eagle has had extensive experience managing major Fortune 500 brands and building successful new companies. In addition to being an advisor to Akademos, Scott Eagle serves as Chief Marketing Officer of eHarmony Inc., overseeing the company’s advertising/brand development, customer acquisition and lifecycle areas. Prior to joining eHarmony Inc., Scott was at Claria Corporation, a behavioral ad network, where he served in the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer roles. At Claria Corporation, Scott grew revenue from zero to $120 million in the company’s first four years of operation. Previously, Scott served on the executive team at Concentric Network Corporation where, as Vice President of Marketing, he helped drive their successful IPO. He has also held senior management positions at MFS Communications and Procter & Gamble. Scott holds a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Bill Youstra is a Venture Partner at Kohlberg Ventures and has helped startups in various internet consumer categories: mobile, virtual worlds, e-commerce, search and media/marketing. Previously, Bill was a product and content executive at AOL while the company grew from 500,000 to over 20 million customers. He holds an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford and degrees in Film, Computer Science and Marketing from the University of Maryland.
Eric D. Fingerhut, a nationally recognized leader in education and economic development policy, is the President and CEO of Hillel International. Fingerhut previously served as Vice President for Education and STEM Learning at the Battelle Memorial Institute, as Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, and as an Ohio State Senator and as a member of the United States House of Representatives. Chancellor Fingerhut earned a Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors from Northwestern University in 1981 and received a law degree from the Stanford University School of Law in 1984.