The Baker & Taylor management team is passionate about our company, both its rich history and its future as a leader in the digital media age. Our leaders are top-notch in their respective fields and they truly love books and entertainment. If you ever talk with them about the industry or maybe what they are reading or downloading, don't expect a short conversation!
President and CEO | Amandeep Kochar
Aman is President and CEO of Baker & Taylor. He is responsible for leading global public and academic library sales, supply chain, technology, partnership strategy and publisher relations and the overall P&L. Aman also takes on global product engineering and International Operations for Baker & Taylor.
He joined Baker & Taylor in 2014 and served as EVP and General Manager before becoming CEO and President with the divesture from Follett Corporation in 2021. Prior to Baker & Taylor, Aman was Chief Product Officer/SVP Product Development with McGraw-Hill. Aman has a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Technology. Aman was recognized with EdTech Digest's 2021 Global Leader award and is the leader of the private investment group that operates Baker & Taylor.
Aman's favorite books are Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss and Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling.
Kim Jardine | Managing Director, James Bennett (APAC region)
Kim joined James Bennett in 2009 having worked previously for global groups Otis International, Canon, and ADP across Africa, UK and Australia.
He has worked and managed a number of departments since joining the organization with a core focus on systems productivity and strategic growth in the APAC region.
Kim holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems.
Outside of family and work, Kim has a keen passion for ultra-endurance sporting events. Kim's favorite biographies are Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing and Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela.
Eric McGarvey joined Baker & Taylor in 2008, holding a number of roles and responsibilities within the Merchandise Buying and Inventory Planning organizations over that time. Currently, Eric's responsibilities include all aspects of Baker & Taylor's supply chain, from publisher/supplier relations, purchasing and inventory management, business support and network utilization in addition to Publisher Services. Prior to Baker & Taylor, Eric worked in buying and inventory planning at Zainy-Brainy, Electronics Boutique, KOHLs and Blue Tulip.
Eric earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Delaware.
Eric spends as much time as possible outside Baker & Taylor in Bucks County Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. He is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, and occasionally has the pleasure of rereading the classics such as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, an all-time favorite.
Leon Nett | V.P. Human Resources
Leon Nett joined Baker & Taylor to lead Human Resources initiatives in 2021. As VP of HR, his team supports all aspects of people and culture including talent acquisition and retention, compensation and benefits, employee engagement, performance management, succession planning and workforce management, HRIS systems and more.
Prior to Baker & Taylor, he held roles supporting HR across North and South America with SPX FLOW and Schaeffler and prior with Honeywell across the US.
Leon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and holds a Professional in Human Resources certification with the Human Resources Certification Institute.
While not working, Leon loves to travel with his wife and two kids and is an avid outdoorsman. Most weekends you will find him hiking, boating or just enjoying the great Carolinas weather outside whenever possible. He grew up in Wisconsin and is a die-hard Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Bucks fan. Leon’s favorite book is Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.
Gareth Powell | Managing Director, U.K.
Gareth joined B&T UK in July 2000, holding various roles prior to his current role as Senior Vice President.
He has led the UK business through many and varied seasons, together with supporting and promoting the groups wider UK interests. People, creativity and commercial viability are at the core of his beliefs.
Gareth's career has been founded in finance both in general practice and industry covering a wide spectrum including international M&A.
Gareth is a keen traveller, reader and sports enthusiast who still plays, or at least gives it a go, at every opportunity.
Gareth's favorite book is How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. This book is a magical twisting time-hop piece that has ignited a fascination in Shakespeare's era and works.
Bob Rotello | S.V.P. Sales Public Libraries
Bob Rotello joined Baker & Taylor immediately following his college graduation as a staff accountant. During his tenure, Bob has held many roles throughout the organization, including Financial Analyst, Customer Service Manager, Director of Operations, Sales Representative, Regional Sales Manager, Sales Director and Vice President of Public Library Sales. Bob's extensive experience across Baker & Taylor's business units and with public library customers allows him to excel in his current role of Senior Vice President, Sales Public Libraries.
While many things have changed since Bob started with the organization, Rotello notes the many great people he gets to work with as the one constant.
Bob enjoys traveling with his wife, Pat, and spending time with his son, daughter and two granddaughters in his free time. Bob's favorite book is A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean because of his love for Montana and fly fishing.
Brad Lucas | S.V.P. Commercial Finance & Process Improvement
Brad joined Baker & Taylor in 1999, holding various financial roles prior to his current role. Currently, Brad’s responsibilities include oversight of library customer bids and pricing, IT commercial agreements, financial systems, CRM initiatives and sales commission plans.
Prior to joining Baker & Taylor, Brad was Director Corporate Finance & Capital Planning at Sea-Land Service, Inc. where he held roles of increasing responsibility including Director, Finance & Planning – Americas Division.
Brad earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Minor in Management Information Systems from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Brad also holds an MBA from Queens University.
Outside of work, Brad enjoys working out, yard work and spending time with his wife Kim and daughter.
Whitney Bretzman | V.P. Marketing and New Products
Whitney Bretzman joined Baker & Taylor in 2009. During her tenure with Baker & Taylor, she’s held several marketing and communication roles. As VP of Marketing and New Products, her team manages all strategic marketing, communications and branding support across the company. Additionally, Whitney leads efforts to conceptualize and launch new products and services.
Prior to Baker & Taylor, she held corporate communications and marketing positions at Hughes Supply and HD Supply, a division of The Home Depot.
Whitney has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations from The University of Central Florida.
Whitney loves to read and discover new favorites, a definite perk of working at Baker & Taylor. But her all-time favorite is a classic, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Carrie Warren | Chief Financial Officer
Carrie joined Baker & Taylor as Chief Financial Officer in 2022. In addition to leading the organization’s finance, accounting, and controllership functions, Carrie works closely with the CEO and other key leaders to develop and evaluate both short- and long-term strategic initiatives. Carrie has broad experience working in financial leadership and M&A activities across multiple industries including hospitality, manufacturing & distribution, and financial services.
Carrie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics from Murray State University and is a licensed CPA.
When not in the office, you’ll find Carrie on the golf course, traveling, and spending time with her three adult children. Her favorite book is In the Land of Invisible Women by Dr. Qanta Ahmed.