Rushby moves from libraries to wholesale at Bertrams

<p>Chris Rushby, commercial director of Bertram Library Services since July 2004, is to take up the role of buying director at wholesaler Bertram Books in Norwich.

The move comes as several publishers have engaged in a battle to stop the company transferring wholesale discounts into the public library sector. Bertrams responded with a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading about collusion among publishers.

The management change again splits buying responsibilities from the Bertram Books commercial directorship held by Michael Neil, who has now been appointed to the Bertram Group board. Steve Warner, the company's last buying director, decided to leave the business in 2004. Rushby will be based in Norwich but remains on the Library Services management executive and retains responsibility for Bertrams library range and availability.

Kevin Bannerman, currently sales and marketing manager at Bertram Library Services, is to assume Rushby's wider responsibilities as head of the commercial function.

Bertrams c.e.o. Terry Reilly, said: "It is important that we keep a separate focus on our wholesale and library supply businesses and I am very pleased that Kevin Bannerman will be assuming Chris' commercial responsibilities."
fiona.fraser@bookseller.co.uk</p>