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Mitchell Klipper Of Barnes & Noble Is Honored At UJA-Federation Of New York’s Publishing Division Dinner


Dinner Raised A Record-Breaking $1.6 Million In Donations

Program Featured Special Appearance by Steve Martin

A UJA-Federation dinner honoring Mitchell Klipper, chief operating officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc., raised a record-breaking $1.6 million in donations to help those in need. The event, hosted by UJA-Federation of New York’s Publishing Division at The Grand Hyatt New York on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, also broke all attendance records, as an overflow gathering of 1,200 professionals from the publishing community joined together to honor Mitchell. Those participating in this special tribute included Leonard Riggio, chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc., who served as dinner chair and award presenter, and author and entertainer Steve Martin, who made a special appearance.

For more than two decades, Mitchell has played a fundamental role in the growth of Barnes & Noble. He has held the position of chief operating officer since February 2002. He also serves as president of Barnes & Noble Development, the group responsible for identifying, selecting, designing, and constructing new store locations.
Mitchell joined the company in 1986 as vice president and chief financial officer of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, following a seven-year career in public accounting with the firm of KMG Main Hurdman. In 1988, he was elected chief financial officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. In 1993, Mitchell became president of Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Over a two-year period, Barnes & Noble opened new superstores at an astonishing pace, accelerating one of the most ambitious retail expansions in history. Mitchell’s expertise and energy have been critical to the company’s unprecedented growth.

Those saluting Mitchell’s illustrious career as a leader in the publishing industry included Honorary Dinner Committee members David Deason of Barnes & Noble, Inc.; Al Ferrara of BDO Seidman; Jane Friedman of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide; Charles Nurnberg of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.; Peter Olson of Random House, Inc.; Jack Romanos of Simon & Schuster, Inc.; Michael Rosen of Bryan Cave; John Sargent of Holtzbrinck Publishers; David Shanks of Penguin Group USA, Inc.; Herb Simon of Simon Property Group; and David Young of Hachette Book Group, USA.


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