The Chelsea-based nonprofit bookstore Printer Matter announced today that it has named James Jenkin as its new executive director. The position had been vacant since Oct. 2010, when artist AA Bronson resigned the position.
Associate director Max Schumann had been acting as executive director of the 20,000-title store since Mr. Bronson’s resignation.
Mr. Jenkin does not come from an art or publishing background. He previously worked as the senior vice president of strategy, planning and corporate responsibility at the TNT transportation company, and helped found North Star Alliance, a group that works to combat AIDS in Africa.
“Importantly, he also has best-in-class management and development skills to make such ideas a reality,” Printed Matter chairman Philip Aarons said in a statement. Mr. Jenkin assisted with the store’s presentation in Art Basel’s Art Unlimited section earlier this year.
Printed Matter, which is currently located on Tenth Avenue, between 21st and 22nd Streets. The bookstore, which boasts titles by some 6,000 artists, was founded in 1976 in Tribeca.