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Baker & Taylor Names John Lindsay Vice President Book Merchandising
Baker & Taylor, Inc.( 08/05/2008 )

CHARLOTTE, NC, August 5, 2008 - Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world's largest wholesale distributor of books and entertainment products, today announced that John Lindsay has joined the Company as Vice President, Book Merchandising. Mr. Lindsay will report to Jean Srnecz, Senior Vice President, Merchandising.

"I am delighted that John has joined our organization," said Ms. Srnecz. "He will play a key role in the implementation of our supply chain initiatives and our implementation of Category Buying."

Reporting to Mr. Lindsay will be Divisional Merchandise Directors Sally Neher, Rick Shalayda and Barbara Witt. Allen Johnson will dually report to Mr. Lindsay and Ms. Srnecz.

John most recently was VP Marketing/Merchandising at Levy Home Entertainment with overall responsibilities for all areas of book buying, category management, marketing, logistics and publisher relations. At Levy, he drove the IMU (Initial mark up) and sales improvement programs, and freight reduction initiative. He also played a key role in partnering with publishers on product development for new products/packages for the execution of successful go-to market product launches in non-traditional markets.

Before joining Levy in 2001, John held various senior Merchandise Management positions with Shopko Stores, and the Venture Stores division of the May Company. John holds a BA in Marketing from Missouri State University.

About Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor, Inc. (www.btol.com) is a global information and entertainment services company that offers books, videos, music, games and services to libraries, educational institutions, and retailers. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company has been in existence for over 180 years, developing long-term relationships with major suppliers, including book publishers, movie studios, and music labels. Baker & Taylor maintains one of the largest combined in-stock book, video and music inventories in the United States, and services the broadest customer base in the industry. Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., a leading private equity investment firm.

About Castle Harlan
Castle Harlan, a leading private equity investment firm founded in 1987, acquired Baker & Taylor in July 2006. It invests in controlling interests in the buyout and development of middle-market companies in North America, Europe, and, together with CHAMP Private Equity, Australasia. Since inception, Castle Harlan has invested in 49 companies representing more than $9 billion in enterprise value. Castle Harlan's current portfolio companies, which employ more than 42,000 people, include Ames True Temper, a leading manufacturer of lawn and garden tools and accessories; and Anchor Drilling Fluids USA, Inc., the nation's largest independent provider of drilling fluids and fluid-handling services for onshore oil and gas drilling.

Media Contact:
Jenny Johnson
Baker & Taylor, Inc.
(704) 998-3190
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