Markus Gylling Appointed CTO of IDPF

September 21, 2011

Seattle, Washington and Stockholm, Sweden, September 21, 2011 The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced that Markus Gylling has been appointed its Chief Technical Officer. Gylling has been seconded to the IDPF via the DAISY Consortium, and will continue to serve in parallel as CTO of DAISY.

With over 10 years experience in standards development, Mr. Gylling has a strong track record of leadership and innovation with open standards and supporting software tools including DAISY DTBook and the DAISY Pipeline. He most recently has served as Chair of the IDPF EPUB® 3 Working Group. Reporting to the IDPF Executive Director, Gylling will drive IDPF's technical development agenda in advancing EPUB, the global standard interchange and delivery format for eBook and other digital publications. Mr. Gylling will remain based in Stockholm, Sweden giving the IDPF a base of operations in Europe to complement its headquarters in North America.

"The development of EPUB 3 over the past year was a tremendous accomplishment that could not possibly have happened without Markus' deft leadership and significant personal contributions"  said BIll McCoy, Executive Director, IDPF. "I'm extremely delighted that Markus is deepening his commitment to IDPF by accepting this role, and that IDPF and DAISY have via this arrangement deepened our shared vision for ubiquitous content accessibility. Ultimately, the benefits of adding Markus to the IDPF team will accrue to IDPF members and the industry as a whole in the form of a further acceleration of our progress on EPUB and related deliverables". 
"Markus has been instrumental in achieving DAISY's success to date" said George Kerscher, Secretary-General, DAISY Consortium and President, IDPF. "All digital publications need to be accessible and DAISY is fully committed to EPUB as the standard format to make that happen. Markus taking on the CTO role at IDPF is a complete win-win in furthering that aim."

About the IDPF

The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is the global trade and standards organization for the digital publishing industry. IDPF is responsible for EPUB, the open standard digital publication format based on XML and Web technology, and organizes industry conferences and workshops. The IDPF is a not for profit organization with over two hundred members, comprising publishers, vendors, libraries and organizations from over twenty-five different countries. For more information, visit . EPUB is a registered trademark of the IDPF.


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