Mathews to retire from NBT

<p>Stuart Mathews, managing director of National Book Tokens, is retiring from the organisation this summer.</p><p>He will be replaced by Alex de Berry, who is commercial director of National Book Tokens.</p><p>Tim Godfray, c.e.o. of the Booksellers Association, which owns Book Tokens, said: &quot;Stuart has been an integral member of the BA team for many years, not to mention a well respected figure in the industry, who has made a significant and lasting impact on the direction of National Book Tokens.<br />While we&rsquo;re all very sad to see him go, we wish him well in his long-planned and well-deserved retirement.&quot;</p><p>Mathews joined National Book Tokens in 1996 and recently oversaw the introduction of the new electronic gift cards. The company is planning to launch the cards in Ireland next year, subject to regulatory approval. </p><p>Mathews said: &quot;It has been a pleasure to work with such a passionate group of people at the BA. I&rsquo;ve seen many changes over the years, not least of all the introduction of the electronic book token, but I&rsquo;m pleased to be leaving things in such good hands and I&rsquo;m confident that Alex will propel the initiative effectively into the next phase. In fact, I&rsquo;m looking forward to experiencing things from the other side; from the point of view of a consumer.&quot;</p>