David Cully, who has seen Baker & Taylor through a number of transitions since joining the company in 2008, will retire at the end of August. B&T parent company Follett Corp. said Cully will be succeeded as president by Aman Kochar, who has been promoted to executive v-p of B&T. Kochar had been in charge of the company’s public library sales and technology teams.
Cully is currently overseeing the wind down of B&T’s retail wholesaling business, which is expected to be largely completed by the end of the summer. In May, Follett announced that it was closing B&T’s retail wholesaling arm, which supplies books to bookstores and other retailers to focus on its library operations, a move which better aligns B&T’s business with Follett.
When Cully first joined B&T he was in charge of its retail and merchandising functions, and in that role oversaw the purchase of Bookmasters and played a large role in integrating B&T into Follett following the company’s purchase in 2016. He was named B&T president in 2017.
Prior to joining B&T, Cully held executive spots with a number of major companies, including Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster, Putnam Berkley Publishing Group, and Waldenbooks.