Vice President Videl Bar-Kar leads new global audio structure

Frankfurt am Main, February 7, 2023 – Bookwire GmbH, the Frankfurt headquartered publishing technology and distribution company, strengthens its global audio team to drive further growth and innovation across its spoken word business, as the audio industry continues its double digit expansion.

From January 2023, Videl Bar-Kar takes responsibility for Bookwire's expanded global audio business as the newly appointed Vice President Audio and will report to the Managing Director & Bookwire Co-Founder John Ruhrmann. Bar-Kar has been with Bookwire since 2018 and most recently managed the international digital audio business as Global Head of Audio. Previously, he worked as Audio Publisher at Penguin Random House UK, as well as a publishing and author consultant.
With immediate effect, Bar-Kar leads a growing team of audio experts across marketing, production and distribution, in a structure that offers publishing clients deep local market knowledge combined with unrivaled global reach and strategic insight. 

Bar-Kar’s team includes 3 new global roles:

Florian Ritter joins as International Audio Marketing Manager, where he is responsible for leading the company’s overall audio marketing strategy and toolbox, working closely with Bookwire’s local market teams. Matthäus Cygan brings his deep audio know-how to the new role of Head of International Audio Acquisition, where he is responsible for connecting new clients internationally. His previous experience in audio includes senior business development roles at Random House Germany and the Frankfurt Book Fair. As publishers look for innovative and high quality production solutions, Solveij Krause takes up the newly created role of International Audio Business Development Manager &  Global WAY Lead, where she will drive the development of Bookwire’s award winning WAY audio production service.

These global roles are complemented by Bookwire’s strong local market audio experts and their teams, which are led by Christian Kessler (Head of audio DACH / German markets) , Giulia Lo Monaco (Audio Manager Spain), Anne-Laure Gonet (Country Manager, France), and Antonio Hermida (Head of Audio Brazil). 

The combined team will work both locally and globally in a new audio team matrix structure, headed by Bar-Kar.

"In close cooperation with our publishing, label and shop partners, we have successfully further developed the steadily growing audiobook business in recent years. In view of the uninterrupted global audio trend, Bookwire has reorganized itself in order to be able to optimally meet the growing challenges of the digital audio business. Through our local audio experts, who are strongly anchored in their regions, and through our globally successful platform trading partners, we are able to always offer our clients in trade and industry the best service and the best technology solutions. Bookwire OS and our team are able to do that.” says John Ruhrmann, Managing Director Bookwire.
"Audio is a once in a generation opportunity as the fastest growing area in publishing, and I am thrilled to lead Bookwire’s intensified efforts to offer clients the most powerful solutions available in the market. We want to help accelerate the audio business of every publisher. I’m also delighted to be working with expert and passionate colleagues from across our different markets.” adds Videl Bar-Kar, Vice President Audio Bookwire.


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About Bookwire & “Bookwire OS – One Solution”

Bookwire GmbH was founded in Frankfurt in 2010 as a service provider for publisher distribution of eBooks and digital content. It has since become one of the leading international businesses in digital publishing technology. Bookwire currently employs 150 people in Germany, the UK, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico and the USA, who take care of more than 2,500 publishers in the fields of eBooks, audiobooks, podcasts and Print-on-Demand. The pioneering software “Bookwire OS – One Solution”, launched in 2019, has delivered, analyzed and marketed around 800,000 eBooks and 200,000 audiobooks in all relevant distribution channels. In addition to the latest customer analytics and pricing technology, publishing clients of Bookwire GmbH also have access to individual support from account & marketing managers who look after the clients from end to end. In 2019, the audiobook production solution “We Audiobook You” (WAY) bagged the business the first “Digital Publishing Award” in the field of B2B solutions. Bookwire GmbH is managed by its founders Jens Klingelhöfer and John Ruhrmann, and has branches in Barcelona, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, New York and Paris, in addition to the company headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and the "Digital Hub" in Dortmund.