Vroman’s President Allison Hill Named CEO of American Booksellers Association

Published : Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 6:30 AM

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Allison Hill, President and CEO of Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, has been named the next CEO of the New York-based American Booksellers Association (ABA), effective March 1, 2020.

In an announcement, ABA President Jamie Fiocco said Hill will succeed Oren Teicher.

“We are delighted that Allison has accepted this appointment, effective March 1, 2020,” Fiocco said. “As some of you may know, Allison has a long history within the bookselling and publishing world and is passionate about people, books, and changing the world through business.”

Hill has worked at Simon and Schuster and Waterstones Booksellers, and served as general manager of Book Soup in West Hollywood, before joining Vroman’s in 2004 as General Manager. She was made VP and COO of the bookstore in 2007, and named its President and CEO in 2013.

She is the former treasurer and VP of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association, which will dissolve next year as California booksellers work to create a singular association. She is also a former member of ABA’s Booksellers Advisory Council.

In 2008, Vroman’s was the recipient of Publishers Weekly’s Bookstore of the Year Award while Hill was COO.

“I can’t think of a better opportunity to exercise my passion for books, bookstores, and changing the world through business than as the CEO of ABA,” Hill said in a statement.

“Bookselling has always been a dream job for me, and now I’m trading one dream job for another: the opportunity to re-energize the conversation for our industry and initiate changes that are necessary for us to create a sustainable model. This is a challenging era for booksellers, one that requires new thinking and new partnerships. It’s an exciting time and I am honored and excited to take on this new role.”

ABA has also named Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, ABA’s senior program officer, as the association’s new COO, effective November 1.

Dallanegra-Sanger has served as ABA’s senior programming officer since 2011, leading such initiatives as the Children’s Institute, Indies Introduce, and ABA’s indie bookselling pre-order campaign.

Until Hill assumes her duties in March, Dallanegra-Sanger will oversee the organization.

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