Andrew Pate, who worked as an executive for several technology and print-on-demand companies, died November 10 at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 58.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University with an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Pate was an early proponent of print-on-demand technology, as well as self-publishing. Among the positions he held was senior v-p of business development for On Demand Books, which he joined in 2009.

Prior to moving to On Demand, he was senior v-p global operations at where he was responsible for all business-to-business relationships. Before joining Lulu, Pate was v-p of publisher business development at Lightning Source from 2000 to 2005.

Pate was also an author and journalist who wrote about printing for PW.