On June 19, 2007, just in time for the ALA Annual Conference in D.C., SirsiDynix appointed Gary Rautenstrauch as its new CEO. The appointment of Rautenstrauch comes about four months following the departure of Patrick Sommers on February 16, 2007. Rautenstrauch takes responsibility for worldwide operations of SirsiDynix, currently the largest company in the library automation industry.
The appointment of Rautenstrauch provides new leadership at a critical period in the company’s evolution. February 2007 saw the departure of the top tier of SirsiDynix management. Those exiting with Sommers included CFO Dean McCausland, COO Don McCall, and CMO Angus Carroll. Between the exit of the previous C-level executives and the appointment of Rautenstrauch, Martin Taylor, Operating Principal of Vista Equity Partners, functioned as the company’s chief executive. During this interim period SirsiDynix executed a strategic decision to focus on Unicorn as its flagship library automation platform, discontinuing development of its new Horizon 8.0 platform and placing Horizon 7.x into legacy status.
SirsiDynix maintains primary offices in Huntsville, Alabama; St. Louis, Missouri; and Provo, Utah. Until recently the Huntsville office was listed as Corporate Headquarters. Rautenstrauch will be based in the company’s Provo facilities.
Prior to this appointment, Rautenstrauch has held senior positions in other companies that provide products and services to libraries. Rautenstrauch spent the bulk of his career at Baker and Taylor where he advanced through a number of positions of increasing responsibility including Executive VP of Technology and Executive VP of Distribution. Most recently, he served as CEO of Baker and Taylor from March 2001 through 2003. Rautenstrauch joined Blackwell Book Services as CEO in September 2005.
From November 2006 through March 2007 he served as President and CEO of Advanced Marketing Services, Inc., a company that specialized in wholesale book distribution services from publishers to retailers. Rautenstrauch exited the troubled company as its assets were acquired by Baker and Taylor.
Rautenstrauch received an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University in 1977.
The new core management team is being assembled. SirsiDynix also announced that Douglas R. Maughan will join the company as CFO, replacing Bill Kennedy, who has been serving as Acting CFO since the departure of Dean McCausland (March 1, 2006 through February 2007). Maughan will also work from the company’s Provo office.