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Geschäftsleitung von Kobo

Michael Tamblyn – President und CEO

Michael Tamblyn

President & CEO

Michael is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo. Driving growth, profitability and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market, he combines a passion for reading with a deep focus on the hardware and software experiences that can make a customer’s reading life better. A passionate and engaging presenter and commentator, Michael speaks internationally on digital media, publishing and mobile technology and has been featured in the New Yorker, Wired, Canadian Business, National Post, Globe and Mail and the New York Times.

Michael gehört seit der Gründung zur Geschäftsleitung von Rakuten Kobo und war zuvor Chief Content Officer. Vor Kobo war Michael Gründer und Geschäftsführer des Lieferkettenunternehmens BookNet Canada und mitbegründete Kandas ersten Online-Buchladen,, der 1998 von Indigo Books & Music übernommen und zu wurde. Dort hatte Michael die Position VP of Online Operations inne.

Michael Tamblyn hat einen Master in Business Administration der University of Western Ontario.

Anna Giagkou - Chief Financial Officer

Anna Giagkou


Anna Giagkou is the Chief Financial Officer at Rakuten Kobo, responsible for the company’s financial management and accountability, as well as guiding future growth. In her role overseeing the finance team, Anna oversees the financial strategy, performance, and growth across all business pillars.

Prior to joining Rakuten Kobo, Anna was the Chief Financial Officer at Cox Automotive Canada, where she was responsible for the development of financial strategies, supporting optimization of operations, managing and reporting finances and driving results across all lines of business. Anna holds a CPA, CMA designation and serves on a number of boards, including Senior Persons Living Connected (SPLC).

Trevor Hunter - Chief Technology Officer

Trevor Hunter


Trevor ist Chief Technology Officer bei Rakuten Kobo und als solcher verantwortlich für die innovative Technologie hinter allen Facetten des eReading-Service von Weltklasse von Kobo. Er steht der Technik vor, bei der Qualität und Innovation groß geschrieben werden, wobei immer im Auge behalten wird, was Kunden in einem digitalen Lese-Ökosystem wollen und brauchen. Zuvor diente Trevor als Enterprise Architect bei Rakuten Kobo und erstellte dabei unter Einsatz von Best Practices umsetzbare Strategien zur Unterstützung der Unternehmensziele unter Sicherung der Entwicklung und betrieblichen Zuverlässigkeit von Architekturen von Internetumfang.

Vor Rakuten Kobo hatte Trevor verschiedene Rollen bei Infusion inne, wo er durch seine Arbeit in verschiedenen Bereichen wie Einzelhandel, Reisen und Gastgewerbe sowie Finanzen seine Erfahrung als zuverlässiger Berater ausbauen konnte.

Trevor hat einen Bachelor of Science der University of Ulster in Informatik.

Marianne Hamilton - CMO

Marianne Hamilton


Marianne Hamilton is the Chief Marketing Officer of Rakuten Kobo. Responsible for the entire customer journey, from acquisition and retention to ebook, audiobook and eReader sales, she applies an integrated marketing discipline to deliver brand and business growth. Marianne is a dynamic leader and strong collaborator who motivates diverse teams toward improving reading lives, based on our core belief that life is better with books.

A communications professional with a certificate in media and advertising, Marianne worked agency-side doing public relations, social media and product marketing for several Fortune 500 companies. She also led Canada's marketing organization for Motorola during the advent of Android smartphones. Marianne joined Rakuten Kobo in 2012 to increase the company's marketing and sales impact through its global network of retail partners.

Jay Howard - General Counsel

Jay Howard

General Counsel

As General Counsel for Rakuten Kobo, Jay develops and implements the company’s legal strategies. Along with his team, he provides guidance on global legal issues, identifies emerging trends, and ensures compliance with laws and regulation while managing risk and protecting the company’s interests. Jay offers legal and business expertise and support in decision-making processes, and he has deep familiarity with complex legal and industry matters.

Prior to joining Rakuten Kobo, Jay led legal functions at media and technology companies with both national and international presence. He holds LL.B. and B.C.L. legal degrees and various legal designations from industry groups.