OverDrive Adds Chief Sales and Marketing Officer to Lead Continued Expansion in K-12 Market
Industry veteran Adam Eberle to guide OverDrive Education’s growth and strategic partnerships
CLEVELAND – July 26, 2017 – As OverDrive brings its leading digital reading platform to more K-12 schools in the United States and beyond, the digital distributor announced that it has hired an education-industry veteran. Adam Eberle, will serve as OverDrive’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Eberle will accelerate OverDrive’s global expansion and help direct the company’s overall strategy and strategic partnerships.
“With Adam’s successes in building both revenue and user base in his previous positions, we are confident that his efforts will accelerate the significant growth that we’re experiencing,” said OverDrive CEO Steve Potash. “In addition to working with our Executive team to direct forward-looking strategies and partnerships, Adam will lead our growing OverDrive Education division to help develop more ways K-12 schools can benefit from eBooks and audiobooks in the classroom.”
Adam brings a wealth of executive, education industry and sales experience including his most recent work with PowerSchool Group where he served as General Manager and VP of Sales as well as Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to his roles with PowerSchool Group, Adam was the Director of Sales for Skyward, Inc., which provides software solutions specializing in K-12 school management.
OverDrive Education now serves more than 17,000 schools in 54 countries worldwide, enabling tens of millions of students access to digital books and programs through their schools to keep them reading and engaged. Eberle plans to develop new products and services that will help primary and secondary schools maximize the value of their digital collections. “We’re developing new digital tools that will help teachers deeply integrate eBooks into the curriculum and empower school librarians to make targeted collection-development decisions,” he says. “I am eager to build upon the tremendous innovation taking place at OverDrive by expanding channels for distribution and optimizing our offerings for the K-12 market,” Eberle continues. “eBooks and audiobooks in schools are a rapidly growing trend, and I am proud to help get more students reading and move the company to the next phase of its growth.”
OverDrive Education offers programs, tools and resources such as Shared Collections, Digital Class Sets and a Summer Reading Program, paired with online and offline access and universal device compatibility so that students have what they need to keep reading all 12 months of the year. For more information about the OverDrive Education service for schools, visit overdrive.com/schools.
About Rakuten OverDrive®
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. www.overdrive.com