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Michael Ross is senior vice president and education general manager at Encyclopædia Britannica. As head of the company's education division, Ross has broad responsibilities for the sales, marketing, and distribution of Britannica products in schools, libraries, universities, and other institutions—the company's largest sources of revenue.
Ross has been active in publishing for more than three decades and has worked in every aspect of the industry, including editorial, product development and acquisition, strategic marketing, and sales. He has held executive management positions at several publishing companies prior to joining Britannica in 2002.
His products have generated hundreds of millions of dollars and won numerous awards, including the Association of Educational Publisher's (AEP) Golden Lamp and Distinguished Achievement Awards, Learning Magazine's Teachers' Choice Award, Parents' Choice Award, Bologna Children's Book Fair GLI Award for Innovation, and SIIA's CODiE Award.
Ross has contributed to several industry publications, including Britannica's own blog site. He has also written several books, including Publishing without Borders: Strategies for Successful International Publishing; Publishing without Boundaries: How to Think, Work, and Win in The Global Marketplace; and Dealing with Disruption: Lessons from the Publishing Industry.
Ross often speaks at international conferences on electronic publishing, licensing, marketing, and development, and was inducted into Printmedia's Production Executives' Hall of Fame in 2002. A former AEP board member, he served as president from 2002-2003. In December 2009, he was inducted into AEP's Hall of Fame.
Michael holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. from Brandeis University, and a certificate from Stanford University in Advanced Management.