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Michael Cairns named as Publishing Technology's new CEO

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Michael Cairns will take on the role of chief executive officer of Publishing Technology from 1 April 2014.

Cairns joined the company in May 2013 as chief operating officer of the company’s online division. The company said that it is confident that, 'with his blend of internal awareness and fresh external thinking, [he] is well positioned to carry that momentum through the business.'

In addition to serving for seven years as president of R.R. Bowker, Cairns' previous roles include senior positions within professional information, trade and educational publishers as well as working to define and launch several start-up businesses.

Cairns replaces George Lossius who led the company for eight years and was previously chief executive of Vista, one of the companies that merged to form Publishing Technology. Lossius will remaining on the board as a non-executive director.