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New CEO at Kitchener Public Library Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2015

It is with great pleasure that the Kitchener Public Library Board announces the appointment of Mary Chevreau as Chief Executive Officer of Kitchener Public Library, effective May 11, 2015. Ms. Chevreau is a library consultant and founder of MEC Consulting, with a long history of leadership and business experience, and a demonstrated commitment to Kitchener Public Library.

As the founder of MEC Consulting, Ms. Chevreau offered services to public library directors and their teams, improving customer experience, programs and collections, and integrating e-content.

She also served as Vice President of North American Sales for a total of eight years at Innovative Interfaces and Innovative Enterprises, which create and support library systems. In these roles, she recruited, hired and trained effective teams, created new product and service options, and was a key player in the creation of the Public Library Directors’ Symposium. As chair and vice-chair of the planning and building committee and the finance committee, Ms. Chevreau took on many key roles during her term of service on the Kitchener Public Library Board from 1991 – 1996. She also served as vice-chair of the Kitchener Public Library Foundation from 1994 – 1997. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of four library associations.

“She’s a dynamic professional with the business experience and technological knowledge that will allow her to lead Kitchener Public Library through its continuing evolution,” said Wayne Buchholtz, chair of the library board.

“She also has deep roots in this community and a passion for community engagement. We’re looking forward to working with Mary Chevreau to ensure we deliver cost-effective library services while creating opportunities for our customers to discover, learn, and connect.”

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Kitchener Public library – to build on the foundations established by the Board and residents of this great community, and to work with a top-notch team of library professionals," Mary Chevreau said.

"This is an exciting time for the library, as we forge new partnerships, employ new technologies, and develop creative services to better serve our customers; I’m looking forward to getting started!"

The Kitchener Public Library Board engaged in an international search and worked closely with the executive search firm Ken Haycock & Associates Inc.

For further information, contact Wayne Buchholtz, Chair, Kitchener Public Library Board

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