Sally Dedecker, who formed Sally Dedecker Enterprises in 1993 after working at NAL, Simon & Schuster and Ingram, died on November 6 after battling cancer. She was 62.
One of Dedecker's most recent roles as part of her consulting service was director of education for BookExpo, in which she oversaw the conference program. After graduating from Hofstra, Dedecker served as trade sales manger at NAL, v-p of sales at S&S, and v-p or marketing at Ingram.
Dedecker was also a long-serving board member at the Book Industry Study Group. At its annual meeting in September, BISG presented Dedecker with the Lifetime Service Award, which is given to an individual for their efforts, often unseen, on behalf of the Book Industry Study Group. In presenting the award, former BISG chair Dominique Raccah and Sourcebooks founder, noted, “As we continue to reinvent BISG, there's no better example of what our core values mean in practice than Sally Dedecker. For more than half of the time that BISG has been serving the industry, Sally has been serving BISG.”