Scribd Names Tony Grimmick to Succeed Trip Adler

In News by Porter Anderson

Taking over from Scribd’s founding CEO Trip Adler, Grimmick talks of a ‘newly invigorated mission’ for the international company.

Tony Grimmick. Image: Scribd

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘Addressing Complex Issues’
Some of our Publishing Perspectives readers will know that in October, Trip Adler decided to step down from his position as the founding CEO of Scribd, which was opened originally in 2007.

Today (April 11), the international San Francisco-based company is announcing the appointment of Tony Grimmick to CEO as successor in the role to Adler.

And the news arrives amid Scribd’s expansion “to further streamline how users discover and consume content, including the addition of ‘Everand,’a new destination for millions of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, podcasts, sheet music and more,” a sister product to Slideshare and the original, Scribd.

Grimmick, the former CFO of the company, focused in that position on growth initiatives and profitability, according to today’s media messaging.

He led the development of Everand, and an effort to streamline discovery for users who were more interested in ebooks and audiobooks over documents, research, and community-uploaded content.

With Scribd having grown over 16 years into one of the world’s leading subscription-access content repositories—said to handle more than 200 million pieces of content—this expanded product offering provides users a way to find and consume content in a variety of ways.

In a prepared statement, Grimmick says the new appointment gives him, “the opportunity to bring the same level of passion and optimism that I’ve had in my near-half-decade at Scribd into our company’s next phase of growth …to continue to build on our recent expansion and embark on our newly invigorated mission to spark human curiosity with a focus on the written and spoken word.

“I look forward to continuing to lead this incredible team, which day in and out is addressing complex challenges and opportunities to take the company to the next level.”

Prior to his work with Scribd, Grimminck was CFO of HotelTonight. He was also senior director of finance, strategy, and corporate development at StubHub and a vice-president of investment banking at both Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.